Summer of 2015, I have decided that I want to prepare for organic chemistry. Can you suggest any introductory, basic books for me?
Agreed. I think the best thing you can do is be really strong on acids and bases and bonding, so when you're learning the new material you're building on a solid foundation. It's really not that difficult as long as you really understand what's going on, which means having a really good grip on the basics.Review acid base chemistry
@J Senpai has given the suggestion that many on this forum would agree with. Organic Chemistry as a Second Language is incredibly useful.
I have heard many people advise against this, but I don't see why you couldn't prestudy organic chemistry.
What textbook does your school use? Find the syllabus for the class, work through the syllabus from the beginning up until around the first exam, or as far as you want to go. Make sure you do practice problems.
I'd advise against organic chemistry as a second language if you really want to learn organic chemistry, although it wouldn't hurt to get it for $4 on amazon. It's a good book, but my problem with it is that it holds many generalities that may not hold true in your class given how in depth you go. Also I actually prestudied for organic chemistry from Orgo as a second language. I didn't think it was all that helpful, although the most important points would be to just familiarize yourself with all the new ways of drawing molecules, that was very different (from genchem) at first but Orgo as a second language helped clear that up quite a bit.
If you're looking to really learn organic chemistry conceptually, you must learn molecular orbital theory. I would recommend Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren for that. Start at chapter 2 and work your way up. The book does a great job at explaining every single reaction in terms of the molecular orbital interactions.
But the best method for getting an A would probably be to just use your school's own textbook, that way you're ahead of the rest of the class and you will be familiar with what they are experiencing for the first time.
^ This. Seriously. Anything you do will be so minimal that by the time you are 1/4 into Orgo 1 you will think, "Welp, that was a waste of time...."Please think long and hard before doing this. You only get so many summers before medical school. The gains will be small when compared to what you will lose in terms of time. This is especially true if you don't know what exactly will be covered.
Fair enough. You seem to be quite motivated. For that, I commend you. I would just email the professor and ask for which book (publisher, edition #, etc.) the class will be using and for the syllabus. Then you can just split up the 12 weeks however you want. There is 0 point in using any other book than what your class will be using.Unless I self studied orgo for the entire 12 weeks of summer...
What I did, and it has been great, I sat in a summer lecture at my school, grant it I missed many World Cup matches
It has completely put me in front of the curve, while the first 2 test averages were in the 40s after a curve, I'm sitting at a 98 tests average of both test so far, so I would definitely advice you to sit in on a summer lecture, you don't have to study no where near as much during the summer of course, just review your notes here and there and you'll be really well off come fall class, and will really get a fundamental grasp of ochem, which is crucial if you want a high grade
I never enjoyed my summers in the first place. I have deep depression during the summers.
Didn't see this post earlier and I totally agree with @Lucca that it needs to be addressed asap. Good luck!I never enjoyed my summers in the first place. I have deep depression during the summers.
That's probably better for op, but for me the teacher that gave summer lecture was same teacher i'm taking now, so i'm familiar with her expectations and tests, so not so much of a waste of time, to all his ownOp can also just watch Ochem lectures online. MIT has open course ware and uc irvine actually records Ochem lectures and is open to the public. No need to waste time sitting in on a lecture if you can do it from home, although personally I always found lecture to be a waste.