Organic Chemistry is known for being a difficult class regardless of where you take it. It is also a required course for a variety of Natural Science and Mathematic majors at the University of Houston, so if you go to UH, there’s a chance you will have to take this class but not to fear, this class is easily manageable if you take the following tips into account.
1. Don’t get overwhelmed.
Organic Chemistry is a tough subject but it isn’t an insurmountable obstacle. Hundreds of students before you have successfully completed the course and there is no reason why you cannot be one of them. It can be a bit daunting at first as Orgo is often lauded as being an extremely difficult course but try not to let those horror stories psych you out.
2. Figure out how you learn best.
Organic Chemistry requires a lot of abstract thinking and memorization. There will be dozens of reactions that you will have to memorize, reagents that you will learn the properties of and naming rules that you will have to decipher. You will need to figure out how you can best master this material whether it be flashcards, a model kit or reading the textbook, trial and error is the best way to determine your optimal study method.
3. Learn from your mistakes!
If you do poorly on an exam don’t take that as a sign that you are not cut out for this class or that you are not meant to be pursuing the degree that you are in, try to learn from your mistakes. Reflect upon the steps that you took to get you to this point. Maybe try to change up your study style or allocate more time to studying for Organic Chemistry but don’t take a small setback or momentary failure as a sign that you should quit!
4. Office hours!!!
There will be moments in Organic Chemistry when you will not understand a concept. Often times this will be the first time you will hear about terms like electron pushing, resonance and molecular configuration. Don’t be afraid to voice your confusion. You will find that concepts that at first seem really confusing when glossed over in class will make much more sense when you see your professor one on one and they take the time to explain them to you.
5. Don’t be afraid of hard work.
Anything that is worth your time or that will help you achieve a goal or future happiness will require effort. You should not be discouraged or afraid of putting in the work that this class needs. Take it with a grain of salt that all the time and effort you are putting into studying for this class now will end up benefitting you later on down the line!
Organic Chemistry is a formidable class but it is not impossible to handle. With the right mindset and proper preparation it is easily doable. Hopefully the aforementioned tips will help you on your way to ace-ing the class!