The Absolute, Ultimate Guide on How to be Successful in Organic Chemistry


The purpose of this guide is to help students taking Organic Chemistry at the sophomore level to appreciate the fun in doing chemical reactions.  The topics selected are those that create problems with students and eventually lead them to drop the course.  These topics are:


1.      Alkenes: Electrophilic Addition Reactions

2.      Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones

3.      Aromatics: Electrophilic Substitution Reactions

4.      Carboxylic Acid Derivative and Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions


The mastery of these topics will make students look at Organic Chemistry in a different way and it will no longer have the negative perception. 


This guide is designed to help you identify and understand the important chemical reactions in sophomore Organic Chemistry.  Chemical reactions are all driven by one thing—electrostatic attraction: positive sites in one molecule attract negative sites in another molecule and vise versa.


Organic Chemistry reaction puzzle is a system of computer-based lessons designed to be used as electronic learning tool.  It is both a game and a study guide.  It makes learning chemical reactions fun and easy.  The game includes the following:


1.      A game wheel showing the various pathways with reagents, making it easy to get “the Big Picture”

2.      A PowerPoint lecture notes on each topic

3.      An instruction on how to play the game and learn the reactions


We hope that this guide will be meaningful and resourceful to you as a method for learning.  Please let us know what you think about this approach to learning Organic Chemistry reactions.


Dr. L. Nyenty Arrey

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Summer Institute in Science & Mathematics

Capital University

This Moodle site accompanies the textbook Chemistry: Exploring the Molecular Vision (CEMV) , volumes I and II. 

It has the following features:

  1. Quizzes tied to each chapter in CEMV. Questions generally have hints or helpful notes, so that the questions can be tried more than once, with a penalty for second attempts that can be set  by the teacher. 
  2. A Glossary, which includes detailed explanations of major concepts and problem solving methods. 
  3. A set of animated lessons, which can be used to help design a Hybrid course, in which students can watch the videos and take notes. This allows more time for active learning in class, such as PLTL. 
  4. Chemical Essays on topics not included in the main text, such as Nuclear Chemistry and Coordination Chemistry.