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How to Ace Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry in 5 Steps?
College Senior
UAF, Fairbanks, Alaska

While almost all of the 5 tips in this guide can be applied to any class, the tips themselves are good ones to follow. Tip 5, about the model kit, is a life saver for organic chemistry. Building a model of a compound makes it easier to understand, allowing you to visualize its structure. I also like the third tip, about using MIT opencourseware. This is a very useful resource and one that is guaranteed to aid your learning. Overall, these five steps will lead you to success in organic chemistry, and, like I said before, can help you in other classes. Reading this guide is definitely a good place to start if you're taking a class in organic chemistry.

A few suggestions
Luke Zehr, College Senior
Goshen College, Goshen, IN

I think that many students find it very challenging to engage with an organic chemistry textbook enough to read chapters prior to lectures. While I understand that some instructors are better than others, my experience has been that lecture notes were sufficient to get good, general understandings. Reading following the lectures helps to clarify concepts and add complexity to understandings. Skimming before lectures would be helpful, but I think that letting lecture notes guide readings is more realistic.

A second critique that I would offer to the author's comment in #3 (by the way, there are two #2 tips listed in this article) is in response to the sentence "Understanding each concept in organic chemistry is KEY to getting an A." I disagree with this statement. I think that there are some REALLY important principles that are fundamental to many types of problems, and that there are a few concepts that will be much more helpful to "getting an A" than many others. It would be impossible to understand each concept completely, and it was much more helpful to me to focus on several large, important concepts.


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