The key to master Organic Chemistry for NEET involves discipline, putting in time consistently, doing problems and focusing on learning concepts. The more interested in and passionate about Organic Chemistry that you can get, the better you’ll do in the subject.
How to Study Organic Chemistry For NEET?
Study tips to master Organic Chemistry for NEET.
1. Build a solid foundation from the start
A solid foundation is the most important thing to master Organic Chemistry. Learn concepts, practice and identify weaknesses, then practice weaknesses. As the test approaches, emphasis on strengths.
2. Focus on understanding, not just memorization
There are some topics that require memorization like nomenclature terms, functional groups, and so on. Memorization is good as long as you are understanding the concepts deeper. Focus less on memorizing long sequences of arrows, and chunk mechanisms into steps.
3. Know the theory and reasoning of why something happens
If you truly understand the theory and reasoning of what you’re being taught, you will be better able to apply it to other sections of Organic Chemistry. Knowing why something happens is very useful because it allows you to apply it to other situations.
4. Regularly attend classes and never procrastinate
Never miss a class and always be engaged with the teacher. Half the battle is just showing up. Go over the class notes every day over and over. Don’t fall behind, avoid procrastination, write things out (such as reactions and mechanisms).
5. Consistently practice problems
It is one thing to just pay attention in class but at the end of the day you’re not going to understand the topic until you do problems. After doing a problem, ask yourself what you learned from it, instead of just mentally ticking it off and moving on to the next one.
6. Make notes for important stuff and mistakes
Right from the start of the preparation, make note cards to learn reactions (with examples and mechanisms). When a teacher says “this is something important you should really know”, add it to your notes. Make a notebook of mistakes you make while solving problems and revise it regularly.
7. Learn the basic concepts of Physics
Basic Physics concepts help in learning Organic Chemistry. A good understanding of electrostatics, familiarity with the basics of thermodynamics, equilibrium and kinetics will help you in grasping the topics well in Organic Chemistry.
8. Solve questions from previous years papers
In NEET, often the exact same question or a slight change (i.e. change a molecule here and there) from the previous years questions can be asked. During the exam or a mock test, don’t get frustrated when not able to solve a question. Finish the rest of the exam and come back to the problem.
The best way to study organic chemistry for NEET is to practice, doing problems and problems, and as you are practicing, you are retaining all the mechanisms for a long term without actually memorizing the mechanisms only for a test.
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