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Any tips for organic chemistry?

I want to go into medicine, and I've heard that organic chemistry is a must, but it's also something that is extremely hard. Are there any tips for getting good grades in that class and making sure that I understand everything?

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Richard’s Answer

Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

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Hwal’s Answer

Hanan, a great question!

First and foremost, I would advise taking and doing your best with general chemistry classes to build a solid foundation in chemistry. They are also almost always required before you're allowed to take organic chemistry. There are many tips I've found along my own journey on how to ace organic chemistry, and they pretty much agree with my personal experience actually taking it (I've also taken biochemistry since then).

These include showing up for lectures even if not required, practising before and after classes, taking lab classes together with lectures, and drawing the structures until you're comfortable with it.

I hope this helps. Good luck with your study!


Hwal recommends the following next steps:

Ace general chemistry

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Hanan! I would recommend studying everyday, making notecards on the reactions/reagents so you know what they do, memorizing is important but also make sure you understand terms and how a reaction is carried out in each step. For example what a nucleophile will do to a specific reactant and how that will form the product. This last part will help you in being able to answer questions about specific reactions and know what products to form with knowledge and not only memorizing the end result. Khan academy and the Organic Chemistry Tutor (on YouTube) is also very helpful in practicing and explaining the topics of Organic Chemistry. With sufficient studying (at least one hour/day) and giving time and effort, it should not be a too difficult class and the labs are actually very fun and you learn a lot!

Best of luck!