How to study Organic Chemistry?

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It’s commonly advised – Mug up Inorganic. Physical is all about knowing the concepts, laws governing them, and knowing the derived formulae. Many students, surprisingly find Organic Chemistry difficult and often find it a scoring bottleneck. Best NEET Coaching institutes In Pune The answer often offered is – know the reactions well. What’s it in ‘ knowing’ the reaction? Is it mugging up the reactant and products? Well even if you do, it may not entirely help. Concepts are the heart of organic chemistry. You will realize that, if you apply the governing laws between the input and output, things become not only easy, but you will start enjoying them. So how do I do it?

General Organic Chemistry (GOC)

GOC starts with the basic concepts of inductive effect, hyperconjugation, resonance & electric effect. Given below is a list of relevant topics and most of the questions are asked from these

  • identifying the
  • Electrophile or
  • Nucleophile Centers
  • Nomenclature
  • Isomerism
  • Resonance and
  • Conjugation

Isomerism and Nomenclature seem to be relevant and also form the basis of the Organic Chemistry which will be necessary while learning the conversion of one carbon compound to another while adding or removing some substance. Conversions in Organic Chemistry is the topic from which 3-4 questions always come in NEETs chemistry paper.

Top tips to study Organic Chemistry

Let’s begin by answering the basic questions you must be having in mind as you start to prep for this paper.

Where do I start?

The initial part of Organic Chemistry has Isomerism, +/- I effect, etc. which is easy to grasp, but things get tougher from Hydrocarbons. To better understand Organic Chemistry, you need to write and practice. If you can imagine the reactions, compounds, and the mechanism you will remember them better.

How to remember reactions?

Remembering reactions is necessary but mugging up is not going to help. Understanding the relation between the input and the output of the reaction will help a lot. At the end of the day, the same governing laws decide the output of any reaction. If you keep practicing, you will develop an intuition of what to expect from the reaction. This intuition is more important than memorising formulae!

Mechanisms of the reactions

The mechanisms of all reactions are important so for any reaction, try and write an explanation of the reaction in your own words then ask for supervision to see if you are going the right way.

There might be more than one mechanism for the same reaction, so try and figure out the mechanism for a reaction and then discuss it with your friends and teachers. You’ll learn a lot from these discussions.

Analyzing and evaluating the reactions:

Next step is you need to know how to apply, analyse and evaluate the reactions. This can be done through practice. Lots and lots of practice will help you overcome the fear of Organic Chemistry. This will help you master the subject as and when you develop more interest for it. Best NEET Coaching institutes In Pune

Practice and take mock tests:

Practice is the key to gaining experience of how to tackle a problem. This will help you in remembering the procedure of how to get the answer to a problem. Reactions also need practice as do problems in other subjects. So if you want to make chemistry a scoring subject for you all you need to do is practice. Make notes of shortcuts that come to you mind during the practice. To seal up your hard-work and efforts, to face the final exam you need to take tests after a complete practice session. Tests are like the final seal to you preparation for the final exams, they make you confident and faster and thorough with you subject.

 Dr Himani Tapasvi