How to memorise Organic Chemistry Reactions - Drawing Concept Maps

In Organic Chemistry, students need to remember the reagents and conditions for all reactions of various functional groups.

Often they are required to consider multiple reactions from various functional groups in a single question.

Therefore students need to be familiar with these reactions as soon as possible so they can apply them in more challenging questions.

There are many organic reactions to remember and often students are discouraged to memorise them.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to tackle this bugbear so students will just have to depend on constant practice and revision.

Drawing your own concept maps is an excellent way to memorise Organic Chemistry reactions as students are actively creating the connections between functional groups.

In my humble opinion, your personal concept map beats any fancy concept map that you can find in textbooks or guide books.

To help students get started, here are my concept maps for most of the Organic Chemistry reactions in A Level Chemistry syllabus.

Alkene Concept Map

A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 1 Alkene 

Benzene Concept Map

A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 2 Benzene

Alkyl Halide Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 3 Alkyl Halide

Alcohol Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 4 Alcohol

Phenol Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 5 Phenol

Aldehyde Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 6 Aldehyde

Ketone Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 7 Ketone

Carboxylic Acid Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 8 Carboxylic Acid

Amine Concept Map

 A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Map 9 Amine

Students can download these concept maps in a single document (on Google Drive in pdf format):

A Level Organic Chemistry Concept Maps

Want to test how many of these reactions you have memorised?

Students can download these 3 exercises (on Google Drive in pdf format) sorted by difficulty level:

1. Recall organic compounds (given reagents and conditions)

2. Recall reagents and conditions (given organic compounds)

3. Recall EVERYTHING (given main functional group)

 

Good luck in memorising these Organic Chemistry reactions!

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