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
Benzene Concept Map
Alkyl Halide Concept Map
Alcohol Concept Map
Phenol Concept Map
Aldehyde Concept Map
Ketone Concept Map
Carboxylic Acid Concept Map
Amine Concept Map
Students can download these concept maps in a single document (on Google Drive in pdf format):
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:
Good luck in memorising these Organic Chemistry reactions!
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