Tips for Taking an Organic Chemistry II Exam

Part of the Organic Chemistry II For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Taking an Organic Chemistry II test has a completely deserved reputation for being tough. Make life easier by following these tips before you take your next organic chemistry exam:

  • Remember that the carbon atom forms four bonds.

  • Don’t cram the night (or even a week) before a test.

  • Attend class religiously.

  • Correct the mistakes you made on previous exams and don’t make the same mistakes again.

  • Assign formal charges and use them to help decide most probable structure, sites for nucleophilic/electrophilic attack, and so on.

  • When writing an organic reaction, be sure you don’t lose any carbon atoms.

  • Relax and get enough sleep the night before an exam.

  • Include E/Z, R/S, and cis/trans prefixes when naming organic structures.

  • Think of spectroscopic data, especially NMR, as puzzle pieces and try to fit them together.

  • Work problem sets and practice exams twice.

  • If you find you’ve drawn a compound in which a carbon doesn’t have four bonds, go back to the beginning of this list.

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Organic Chemistry II For Dummies Cheat Sheet