Beginning Organic Chemistry (BOC)
2. Hints for Learning Organic Chemistry.
a. Organizing for Learning
Return to BOC Index. | 2b. Understanding and Belief.
Organic chemistry may well be one of the most difficult courses that you ever have to take. It is very important, therefore, that you start right. Following are some tips which you can use to organize your learning.
It is really very, very important that you organize your weekly timetable so that you can get done all those things which you will need to get done. Much time must be spent learning the material, reading your text books, writing essays, learning how to solve problems and then solving problems, etc. It is considered necessary by most experts in learning that you timetable these out-of-class activities, so . . . do so!. If you are doing a university organic chemistry course, I think that you should be spending at least nine (9) hours per week, in addition to lectures and labs, on that chemistry course.
1. Take notes from your text book as you read.
2. Looking at the words is not good enough for learning organic chemistry.
3. Writing things down aids memory.
Deeper material on organization and note-taking for organic chemistry.
You do not have to quote the text, or me, or anyone else word-for-word. You are encouraged to use your own words and to remember definitions by using your imagination (ie Locale memory) rather than by rote leaming (ie Taxon memory), and by understanding (imagining) why the definition is needed.
A tutorial in problem solving is available, and though strictly written with general chemistry in mind, there are some tips that you might pick up from reading it through now.
Your text book will be your most valuable resource for this course. You should familiarize yourself with the layout. For right now, find answers to the following question concerning your text book.
Because of our reluctance to change our imaginings and beliefs (discussed on 'Hints for Learning 2'), it is important to recognize that to give ourselves a chance, we must have in place conditions that will foster mind-changing. Conditions suggested by ME Knowles (The Modem Practice of Adult Education, Cambridge UP / Prentice Hall, 1980, pp57-58) indicate that such an environment includes:
Date created: 2005 06 07.