Ask any chemistry student (that is, almost any O level or A level student), and they will tell you: Organic Chemistry is the killer topic.
Sure, some students may find Organic Chemistry fun! But there’s no arguing that it is one of the biggest topics, with many subtopics, chemical reactions to remember, and lots of application questions that can come up.
So, rather than regurgitating the textbook or your chemistry notes right here, we’ll share what few will tell you about actually studying Organic Chemistry. Here are some tips by our expert tutors on how to study this gargantuan topic, and how to walk into your next quiz or exam ready to NAIL – not fail – Organic Chem!
1. Try to understand, rather than memorise
Before you turn to rote learning and forcing your brain to memorise everything at once, try your best to understand it.
- Why does this reaction occur?
- Is there a real-life example I can easily relate this to?
- How is this related to something I’ve already learnt? (e.g. other Chemistry topics like chemical bonding, acids and bases)
- Can I create a mnemonic to help me remember this?
When you have an understanding of the concept, or something to ‘anchor’ your memory to, it will become easier to memorise these equations.
If you are having trouble understanding Organic Chemistry, speak to a Secondary Chemistry Tutor or even discuss the concepts with your classmates. They may be able to provide a different perspective, or even create a memorable conversation that will help you remember the concept.