Organic Chemistry Study Plan for the “C” student

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The good news here is that you are not lost and have room to grow to get that A.  But before we dive right in, we need to find out where you are strong and where you need extra help.  If you feel good about the course but know you need help, we would suggest your organic chemistry study plan start with:


1) Accept the fact that if you want to improve your grade, it is going to be work.  If you are ready, move on to step 2.

2) Watch the EASE mechanism videos. This will give you a great starting point of how and why organic chemistry reactions work.

3) Then do all of the flashcards.   They are categorized from 2-star (everyone needs to know these) to 4-star (A students will know all of these).  You should get all of the 2-star and some of the 3-stars right.  Take note of which 3-star and 4-star problems gave you the most problems.  This will help you identify weak areas so that you can

4)  Address those weak areas with the tutorials and mini-movies.  This will drill down into the topics that you are having the most difficulty with.

5) Next, towards the end of the semester, you should watch all of the full semester review videos from start to finish.

6) Print out all of the one page guides, and tape them to your wall.  That way, you can see them all of the time and have it sink in by osmosis.

7) Last, if you have time, download the “86 Tricks” e-book and make sure you understand all of the 2-star and 3-star tricks.


Of course, we encourage you to hit all of the resources on this site, but if you have limited time, this is a good plan for you to start with.


AND…keep you chin up.  This is a tough course.  Possibly the toughest you will take in college.  Take a deep breath, cut yourself a little slack, and just keep studying.

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