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Studying O-Chem

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by hansen44, May 6, 2008.

  1. hansen44

    hansen44 7+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    How do you guys study o-chem? When I took the courses they were mostly memorizing reactions, mechanisms, stuff like that. I consistently get around 50% of the questions right on the o-chem passages which is not good, I find that relating the million reactions I know isn't everything I need inorder to do well on the passages. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to do well in this subject?
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  3. stupidkid30

    stupidkid30 Banned

    Mar 23, 2008
    New york
    try not studying for it at all, I find that my orgo score increases sometimes when I don't studyt for it. so try try it and see if it helps.
  4. supafield

    supafield Dream Big 7+ Year Member

    May 18, 2006
    I combined TPR and EK..... tpr eases you into it, EK seems better at showing why something is happening...
  5. Deepa100

    Deepa100 Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    I bought rapid learning subscription so I can be lazy.
  6. J ROD

    J ROD Watch my TAN walk!! Rocket Scientist Physician Pharmacist Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2005
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    Learn the basics well like nucleophile and electrophile and SN1 and SN2 and E1 and E2. You need to be able to see where things are going to happen naturally so you do not have to memorize.

    Then stereochem, carbohydrates, lab techniques, and spectro, etc

    Once you have a good base you can usually figure it out.

    But some of it like spectro and techniques you have to memorize.

    I would just do the best I could with it. It is not tested as much and next to Physics the hardest to learn for most. Most MCATs have two passages and a few discretes.
  7. BeardedRunner

    BeardedRunner 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    There hasn't been much orgo on recent MCATs. I took it on 4/19 and there was only one very simple passage.

    I took EK and I think they have the best method of teaching it.

    Just get their orgo book and focus on the diagrams.
    They simply SN1 vs. SN2 and all that other fun stuff.
  8. TheGreatHunt

    TheGreatHunt High Performance 7+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    I tutored Ochem for 2 semesters after I finished and felt like I was doing fantastic by the end, it helped out a lot... see if you can do some tutoring(For cash), and if not, do it for free, when you have to explain it to someone, a lot of the time it ends up making you solidify it for yourself.

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