Top Five Books To Help You Master Organic Chemistry

Best Guides For Organic Chemistry Help

Millions of college students struggle each year with organic chemistry. The class is required for nearly all science majors, including pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, biology, and of course, chemistry. I too struggled with it, but luckily my amigos and I got through it with the help of some supplemental texts we ordered!

Why Get An Organic Chemistry Study Guide?

Well the answer is really quite simple. Sometimes the professor fails to explain the material well enough, and a busy college student just doesn't have the time to absorb so much knowledge without any aid!!!  That is why I've compiled this list of the best organic chemistry books and learning resources to help you master this challenging course!

So without further ado, here are the...

Top Five Books To Help You Learn Organic Chemistry

Pushing Electrons: A Guide for Students of Organic Chemistry
Pushing Electrons: A Guide for Students of Organic Chemistry

Pushing Electrons is recommended by professors all over as THE workbook for learning organic mechanisms.

 

1. Pushing Electrons: A Guide for Students of Organic Chemistry

Pushing Electrons is the recommended supplement to learning the complex methods behind the subject. This book will take you through the basics of drawing organic structures: it will explain the steps behind chair flipping (aka cyclohexane conformations) and help you understand how electrons move through resonance structures.

2. Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts

Organic Chemistry as a Second Language breaks the subject up into key principles and explains them in language that "makes perfect sense."  The book also includes tips on studying more effectively and efficiently, and even provides tips for getting better grades on your next test.

Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Repeatedly ranked as one of the top textbooks on the subject by students and professors alike. This is the textbook I used.

 

3. Organic Chemistry Textbook by Janice Smith

Smith's textbook is one of the clearest and well written texts on the market. It has received raving reviews from bost customers on Amazon, and students in my very class. Smith provided great diagrams and lucid explanations that were incredibly helpful in explaining our professor's muddled and confusing lectures.

4. Arrow-Pushing in Organic Chemistry: An Easy Approach to Understanding Reaction Mechanisms

This book is very similar to the first, but it's a little different.  Like Pushing Electrons, Arrow-Pushing deals with resonance structures, chair conformations, and the like and it includes example problems as well.  But what is really helpful, are the many solved examples that Dr. Levy provides.  These example problems should give you an idea what to expect on your tests and quizzes, and with enough practice, you should see an improvement in your grades!

Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for General and Organic Chemistry
Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for General and Organic Chemistry

A molecular modeling kit will help you visualize complex organic structures and better understand complicated techniques.

 

5. A Molecular Modeling Kit

Yeah I know that this isn't a book or a study guide, but a molecular modeling kit really comes in handy when trying to learn complex organic structures, such as chair conformations.  While reading a text, a student can build and manipulate the molecular structures with their hands.  For many it is much easier to visualize a complex 3-D structure with models than it is with some 2-D drawings on paper.

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WillGrander 6 years ago from New York

Good stuff - I (strangely) enjoyed orgo in college, and after I practiced reaction mechanisms for hours, I got pretty decent at it!


Joshua526 6 years ago

When I was in college, I also encountered difficulties on reaction mechanisms, whew! It's so nice to reminisce!


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jamesbondsmate 5 years ago

i love organic chemistry. Enjoyed it much better at university than school. Also see a organic chemistry text book by clayden..


santu 5 years ago

my life has no meaning without organic


shubham 5 years ago

i like organic chemistry the most.


jyotika 4 years ago

i love to sudy organic


Andrew joke 4 years ago

organic chemistry needs more concentration love it then u will know it better


pankaj verma 4 years ago

Add Your Comment..organic chemistry is my best friend.................................i love organic chemistry......................................... it never hurts me.


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i do no about organic chemistry


Aftab 3 years ago

i am mad of organic chemistry...


alsahab 2 years ago

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Uttam Kashyap 4 months ago

Really a great and splendid subject to get yourself devoted completely without any loss of concentration.... this is organic

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