What is the trick to memorize reactions in organic chemistry?

What is the trick to memorize reactions in organic chemistry??

  • Starting from basics, you should be aware of all the symbols of elements.
  • First understand the reaction, its reactants, and products formed from the given reactants. Then try to balance the atoms present on the reactant side with atoms present on the product side. Understand its mechanism.
  • Learn all the functional groups.
  • Learn the rules of IUPAC nomenclature thoroughly. This will help you in naming compounds accurately.
  • You need to be able to name a compound from its given formula.
  • For the conversion reactions in organic chemistry.
  • Try to understand the mechanism of the reactions.
  • There are specific mechanisms for the reactions and they are somehow related too.
  • For example, if one has understood the types of nucleophilic substitution reactions SN1 and SN2 then any type of substitution with any reactant can be handled.
  • To get a good hold on the conversations, you must remember the main chemical reactions and the synthesis of compounds like carbonyls, acids, amines etc.
  • Do remember simple steps of preparations of compounds, and yes basic name reactions like aldol reaction help a lot.
  • Practice the equations by forming the product and then again forming the reactants from products, one must learn both the conditions so that at any step of conversion you are able to attempt it easily.
  • You don’t need to learn equation (reactants and products) by heart. You will never be able to remember it.