So – you’ve embarked on the journey known as organic chemistry.
If you are learning it at the University of Calgary, you are in luck as the course coordinators there do an amazing job of organizing material.
If you’re not at the UofC, still feel free to browse their material. The online textbook is such a great resource that you practically don’t need a book for the course.
To start, you will want to learn nomenclature. The Chem 351 site has an excellent nomenclature tool that is interactive and even tells you what you’re doing right and wrong!
Organic Chemistry is not the hard course people make it out to be – It is simply the application of principles learned in Chem 201 (Electronegativity, Electron Density, Structure and Bonding).
Over time, I will create articles here, on this site, to better explain these topics. For now, you can always search the Carey/UofC website by typing this into google:
site:http://www.chem.ucalgary.ca/courses/351/Carey5th/ [Search Term]
Where [Search Term] is literally the concept you want to find. Note that this method works with any website – all you do is point google to the root folder (e.g. /Carey5th/) and you can search wherever.
If you are studying at the UofC, you can check out ALL of their past Organic Chem exams online with fully worked solutions!
In most university courses. the majority of your marks are in the final and midterm. I recommend you study for your course by learning a topic and then practicing not only from the online textbook but also specific exam sections related to that topic.
Every exam in Chem 351 is organized by section – so download 3 to 4 of the NEWEST exams (The curriculum has changed a bit over 10 years) and hammer the specific section you’re trying to master. Also – print out the tests and write all over them – you memorize and learn much better when you write things down!