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How to Ace Organic Chemistry

Updated on April 13, 2013
Studying diligently :)
Studying diligently :) | Source

Most students start to become weary once they hear "Organic Chemistry." It is usually taken as a hard subject to pass, what more to ace? But know that this is not an impossible feat! In fact, organic chemistry is one of the most enjoyable chemistry subjects. You just have to have the right attitude and good habits to go about it.

Believe that you can achieve!
Believe that you can achieve!

Believe You Can

The first step in acing organic chemistry or doing anything well is believing that you can do so. You have to believe that you can overcome whatever challenge you are facing. The most common mistake students make is think that organic chemistry is too difficult for them before even starting the subject. You have to have the confidence to take on this class. Because if you always think that you can't, then you will never be able to accomplish anything. If you want to ace organic chemistry, you have to believe that you can!

Read the Required Material Before the Class

The reason why most students feel confused during class is because they did not read the required material before class. You have to read the assigned chapter before class. This is a very important step in acing organic chemistry. You cannot go to class unprepared. If you do, you really will get confused.

Organic Chemistry is not a subject that you will instantly pick up after one class discussion. It requires time for understanding. This is why you have to read before the class. You have to have a general idea or a gist of how the process is going to be or what the topic is going to be about to be able to understand your teacher's discussion.

Take lots and lots of notes!
Take lots and lots of notes!

Take Notes

Don't rely solely on your memory! No matter how good it may be, there simply won't be a replacement for well written notes.Take lots and lots of notes! Your notes will make studying easier for you. Never forget to make them. Take notes while you read the chapter for the first time. Take notes when you teacher discusses the lesson. Take notes to summarize what you have learned. These notes will serve as your guide when you study the lessons again. They will be so much more beneficial than you'll ever know! In fact, some teachers get a lot of items for the quiz from them so be sure to study them diligently!

Don't be Afraid to Ask Questions

The problem with most students is that they are afraid to ask questions. Out of fear of being called stupid or inferior, most just pretend to understand the lesson. When in doubt, you should always ask a question. If there is something you do not understand, ask. Asking for help now is so much better than flunking the whole course right? And besides, if you ask questions regarding the lesson, you are not only helping yourself but are also helping students who might have been shy to ask the same question.


Practice! You always have to practice solving organic chemistry problems. This is the only way you will be able to master the course. If you do not practice, no matter how well you know the concepts, it would still be hard for you to readily apply them. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.

Don't limit yourself to your book alone. There are a lot of resources in the internet to be explored. In fact, utilizing these internet resources will enable you to practice solving problems more. The more practice you have, the easier for you to solve problems once you have encountered them. You will already have an idea on how to solve them since you have done similar problems before.

Keep Trying

Don't forget to keep trying. Acing organic chemistry requires dedication and hard work. Don't quit if you don't get it right the first time. You have to remain positive. You have to remember that you can still correct your mistakes. Don't be discouraged if you encounter some difficulties while solving problems or reading a lesson. Remember that all great men would not be where they are now if they decided to quit. Just think about what would have happened if Thomas Alva Edison decided that he did not want to create a light bulb then? The same goes for you. You cannot achieve greatness by simply trying once. You have to strive to get there!

Don't forget to Enjoy the Ride

Most people get burned out because they forget to enjoy the ride. They get too caught up in it and end up pressuring themselves too much. Remind yourself to actually enjoy what you are doing. Look at the bright side of things and think of why organic chemistry is worth studying. :)

Intro to Org Chem by NurseKGrant


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