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ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide – How Can You Prepare For It?

The ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide is commonly called the General Chemistry Study Guide.  It includes 113 pages of information in three categories. The first part is a brief explanation of content in general chemistry. In the second part there are example exam questions where the question and answers are analyzed. You can see not only why the correct answer is correct, but also how the other incorrect answers are devised for a multiple-choice items. In the final part of the guide, there are practice questions for each section.

Preparing for ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide – Exam Tips

Content is derived from both semesters of General Chemistry and includes:

  • Descriptive Chemistry / Periodicity
  • Atomic Structure
  • Molecular Structure and Bondingacs organic chemistry study guide
  • States of Matter / Solutions
  • Energetics
  • Dynamics
  • Stoichiometry
  • Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry / Redox
  • Laboratory Chemistry

ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide - How to Ace the ACS Examination in General Chemistry

Many of you experience the dreaded ‘test anxiety’ when you first see the ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide. (or maybe when you wake-up the day of the exam). This is very natural, and it stems from uncertainty – you are uncertain what questions are on the exam and you are uncertain with your preparation for the exam. It is all material that has already been presented to you in class. Moreover, the questions are not ‘trick’ questions. It is true that you must read the directions, but nothing on the exam is meant to trick you.

ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide

ACS Organic Chemistry Study GuideRemember to Study These Things.

Do start the ‘serious studying’ at least one week before the exam.

What I mean by this is that the best way to learn the material is by writing it, not reading it. Reading is good for the initial exposure to the material, but to really learn it you have to write it.

I believe that the best exercise you can do is take your lecture notes and a separate notebook and begin transferring reaction schemes from the notes to notebook.

Along with the reaction schemes you should include any relevant regio- and stereoselectivity associated with the reaction.

ACS Organic Chemistry Study GuideWhat Not To Do When Studying for the Exam

Don’t wait too long before you start seriously studying the ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide.

Remember that time is not on your side. It is never too early to start reading the book or reading through the notes, but with about a week left before the exam you need to begin a new kind of studying (more on this later).

And don’t be fooled – many of you use flash cards – the first time you write the reaction scheme on a flash card you are performing the same operation that will be required of you on an exam (and that’s great), but after that, when you ‘study’ the cards, all you are really doing is reading them.

ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide –  ACS Final Exam Study Guide

What I hope to give you in this study guide are my personal ideas regarding the best, most effective, way to study organic chemistry – to be honest, I am speaking from personal experience – these are the techniques that I used when I was an undergraduate. Your goal is to manage and learn the vast amount of material that is presented to you in this class.

For more information on how to study more effectively for the ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide, click here.