This was the case for the whole first year of my medical entrance preparations. If your organic chemistry is good from the beginning, then you are a genius, but if it's not, then you are not alone my friend. Organic is one of the most dreaded subjects for the beginners.
But as time went on, I found that I was reading organic in a wrong way. That was the last chance for me to cater up with my contemporaries. I started everything, from the beginning once again in the second year. It took hours and hours of practice to be able to reach the level required to clear the competitive exams with distinction.
So, my friends, I don’t want you all to suffer like me, so I am sharing some tips that I think is necessary for ones preparing for competitive exams.
- Organic is the most logical part of chemistry. So it is very important to have a strong foundation. Students skip the initial easy chapters like nomenclature and isomerism etc. but my friends without them it is very difficult to learn the reaction mechanism
- The concepts should be very clear, as the examiners have literally stopped asking questions directly from the textbooks. It always comes with a lot of twists and turns
- You should be very sincere in the class and take notes with utmost care as an even a second of absent-mindedness can make you miss the whole lecture.
- Organic should be given much more amount of time than the other objects and it should be revised from time to time. It is the most volatile subject and I have learned from teacher’s that even the most experienced of them, forget the concepts when they lose touch with it.
- It is an important thing to accept that there is some part of memorization involved in this subject. Even if you understand every mechanism, you won’t be able to do it, if you cannot recall the reagents and products in a very short amount of time. Time is very precious in the competitive exams.
- You should develop some techniques like mnemonics etc, to memorise the basic concepts like nomenclature, the orders of the electron donating and withdrawing groups, etc. as these are needed in every part of organic
- In the beginning, organic can be confusing because it is very vast, but as you keep studying one by one, you will definitely get hold of it. So my friends, never panic!
- Never go for high-level books of foreign authors. Though these books are good, they are never meant for these intermediate competitive exams. Always refer to the NCERT and your class notes. Trust your teacher and always follow him
- Another important thing is to keep practising questions, A lot of questions with all it you cannot perfect organic chemistry that you can do from aim4aiims online test series.
In the end, it is the love for the subject that matters. So my friends, keep loving the subject, and sooner or later, it will definitely return the love