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What are the best ways to revise the organic pathways in chemistry. How or what would you recommend for learning and understanding the organic pathways for A-level Chemistry? (My exam board is Edexcel)
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What are the best ways to revise the organic pathways in chemistry. How or what would you recommend for learning and understanding the organic pathways for A-level Chemistry? (My exam board is Edexcel)
I recommend making a mindmap. Here's an example of mine:
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Rather than copy it word by word from the textbook, try to draw out the different pathways yourself. And don't just rely on a printable version of a map that you can get on the web. Actually spend some time to draw it out and get the "feel" of the different pathways.

You can also realise that certain reagents are used because it does specific things. For example, acidified KCr2O7 and acidified KMnO4 are the typical reagents for oxidation, while LiAlH4(ether) and NaBH4(ethanol) are the ones used for reduction.
I think it's easy to recognise what kind of reactions some of the pathways are. e.g. converting ethanol into ethanoic acid is an oxidation process, hence KCr2O7 is used.
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