Hello fellow premeds:
I’ve been meaning to post this forever, but secondary applications have eaten my free time lately (now that I’m done with all my prereq’s and MCAT…blessed event!). Here is the secret weapon that I swear by for organic chemistry, especially Orgo 2. I got the idea from my Barron’s Orgo Cards (which I love and highly recommend).
The idea is that whenever a new functional group (and its reactions) is introduced in class, make a synthesis map for it (see file attached). The resolution in this file probably isn’t good enough to see all the details if you print it out, but really these things only “work” if you create them yourself as part of your studying process. On my maps I have color coded each functional group, and this color code remains the same throughout all the maps I made (there are about 12 of them in all). So get a bunch of different colored markers to work with from the start (at least 12 colors).
When you have gotten a map laid out and color coded, then make a separate sheet that just lists the starting and ending compounds, and see if you can fill in what reagents are required. Try to visualize the map while you do this, then go back and check how you did. I got A’s in both orgos studying with this approach, and I think it is especially good for visual learners. You really begin to “see” the reactions in your head when you’re recalling it on exams… give it a try! Half the battle is just figuring out how to organize so much information coherently. I hope this helps ease the pain of Orgo for some of my premed sibs out there!
RMG, Dr. 2B
Attached files 1158809335-CH15_16Rxns.pdf (100.9 KB)Â