How to memorise Organic Chemistry Reactions - Drawing Concept Maps

In Organic Chemistry, students need to memorise all reactions of various functional groups.

Drawing your own concept maps is an excellent way to memorise organic reactions.

Students can also make the connections between functional groups.

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 organic reactions in A Level Chemistry syllabus.

*Note P and R represent the number of Preparation reactions and Reactions respectively. Eg for Alkene with 2P + 7R, there are 2 Preparation reactions to form alkene and 7 Reactions of alkene to form other functional groups.

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

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?

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)

 

Check out this free Organic Chem 55 reactions cheatsheet and download all these reactions in a single page.

Good luck in memorising these Organic Chemistry reactions!

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