Below are some basic tips I gave my clients when I tutored organic chemistry in graduate school.
- Make flash cards with reactions (named and types), reactants, etc.
- Study the flash cards backwards, forwards, and shuffled. This is to help you know the reactions by their names, know the products formed from the reagents and starting materials involved.
- Do the homework problems at least 3 to 5 times, successively.
- Write out the mechanisms of all of the reactions in each chapter at least 3 to 5 times.
- Whenever you come across a homework problem that doesn’t ask for the mechanism, do it anyway.
- Study for 30 minute periods with 5 minute breaks, keeping well hydrated and nourished.
- Go over all previous chapters (at the very least, the chapter summaries) and work on any mechanisms and/or reactions that are unclear.