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OChem & MCAT..

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by FLY, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. FLY

    FLY Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    All these reactions I have to memorize, like Hydroboration oxidation and Diels-Alder and all those things... I been just memorizing them on a test by test/quiz basis and don't even have a clue like a week later as to if it followed Marko's rule or did it do a syn or anti addition ..

    So on the organic part on the MCAT, does it require a lot of memorization or all the info you need even for Organic can be found on the passage?..
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

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    one thing that I never did during orgo was memorize the name of each type of reaction---I just memorized the reaction. That was bad for the mcat. Try to memorize what each reaction is called, because there are often questions like "What would this look like after so-snd-so reaction?" But usually, all the info can be found in the passage. Just try to memorize stuff as best you can now, and you'll relearn the important stuff when you study for the mcat.

    And remember, orgo is fun! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  4. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>one thing that I never did during orgo was memorize the name of each type of reaction---I just memorized the reaction. That was bad for the mcat. Try to memorize what each reaction is called, because there are often questions like "What would this look like after so-snd-so reaction?" But usually, all the info can be found in the passage. Just try to memorize stuff as best you can now, and you'll relearn the important stuff when you study for the mcat.

    And remember, orgo is fun! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I agree with most of this. No way its fun though. The one thing I remember about the o-chem when I took the MCAT was that there was a WICKED synthesis problem. My advice would be to think about the material in terms of how you would use the reactions to get from compound(s) a to compound(s) b. After that, its just a matter of putting names to the steps.

    On a side note, I was always a fan of Grignard (sp?) reactions.
     

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