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    Hi guys,
    I'm a bit stuck on how to revise reagents & conditions. They have been my main weakness in every test I do! I've tried flash cards, but it didn't go in. Help?
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    (Original post by flynnmoore 1597)
    Hi guys,
    I'm a bit stuck on how to revise reagents & conditions. They have been my main weakness in every test I do! I've tried flash cards, but it didn't go in. Help?
    Copy them out ... time and time again ... on blank sheets of paper.

    First learn all the reactions of the alkenes.

    Then when you can do that go on to each homologous series in turn.

    Work hard.
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    Unfortunately it's all about repetition (Same case as with transition metals in CHEM5 but that isn't as intense).

    Actually understanding what mechanisms can occur on the organic compound in question is a sure fire way to navigate around the "pathways cloud" as I call it. E.g. Recognizing on alkenes the reactions will involve electrophiles, that carbonyls will generally involve nucleophiles etc. Then you can start narrowing down the reagents, and what conditions will be needed to allow the reaction to progress. The CGP revison book is really good for this, as it has a clear a pathways cloud/matrix and if you need to know the dynamics of the reaction it includes the page number(s) so you can reinforce your knowledge of the reaction.

    Far too many people rely on just being able to regurgitate reagents and conditions when faced with a pathways question when it is far more advantageous to understand the dynamics of the reaction that will take place.
 
 
 
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