The JEE Dream: How to Prepare for Organic Chemistry from Class 9th

Are you a chemistry person? If yes, I’m sure you’ll love the organic chemistry part of it. It’s the most logical and of course, the most scoring. The better you’ll understand, the easily you’ll fall in love with it.

Organic Chemistry is nothing but the detailed study of Carbon and Carbon-containing compounds. Carbon, being a unique element due to its elemental structure, is the basis of all “organic matter” or life forms in the universe. This is why the term ‘organic chemistry’ is used when we seek to study this element and its compounds.

The basic concepts of organic chemistry such as ‘Valency’ and ‘Bonding’ are introduced in class IX and studied in greater detail in subsequent grades. Research says that class 9th is the best time to start preparing for the JEE as it gives you an added advantage over others who will start studying only in class 11th. So, a strong foundation is important to pro organic chemistry.

In this post, we present to you tips and tricks to prepare for organic chemistry as early as possible. Here we go.

Change Your Study Habits

The biggest problem for students in 9th standard is the need to switch learning habits. In school, children are used to focusing on getting marks, whether they understand the concept or not. When it comes to JEE organic chemistry, preparation is different. You need to understand the concepts with clarity and solve questions. You need to get beyond the mugging style and adopt the understanding style of learning.

Focus on Common Topics

Some topics asked in JEE are also in school, so you should read these topics in details as it will benefit you later on. You could start reading NCERT Chemistry of Class 11th and 12th early. Students who are weaker in Mathematics and calculation should concentrate more on Organic Chemistry. Remember that Organic Chemistry carries 18 marks and it is one of the most important units in Chemistry for every student.

Common topics of Chemistry

  1. Matter and its nature, and States of Matter
  2. Atomic Structure (extension of Structure of an Atom)
  3. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure (extension of Chemical Substances – Nature and Behaviour)
  4. Environmental Chemistry (extension of Our Environment)

Understanding Rather Than Memorizing

William James said: “The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.” We cannot agree more! You have to be selective with what you memorize. When you study in 9th standard, efforts should be focused on understanding concepts rather than memorizing every last detail. Once you have gathered the important facts, you can successfully implement this selective memory method while preparing for JEE. Under no circumstances should memorization replace understanding.

Practice Daily

If possible, dedicate 1 hour daily/weekly for organic chemistry. Solving equations and practical problems should be a feature part of your after-school study routine. Test your knowledge with sample chemistry papers on a regular basis. This will prepare you for JEE and help you assess your level of understanding of the subject. Remember that there’s is no substitute for hands-on experience. So, whenever you get a chance, go to the lab and strengthen your knowledge of organic chemistry in a practical environment.

Strike the Right Balance Between School and JEE

Most candidates often get confused about how to balance their school syllabus and JEE preparation. At this point, it is important to stay positive and focused. While preparing for organic chemistry, one must feed in mind that this exam tests candidates’ aptitude and not bookish knowledge. Students can easily establish an equilibrium between their JEE preparation and personal life, only if they are focused and at ease.

Polish your Critical Thinking Skills

You should focus on improving your critical thinking skills and become smarter. Solve brain teasers, puzzles, sudoku, etc. Read organic chemistry updates on Toppr, and take part in competitions. Do anything which will open your mind and make you confident. Try to find new things and understand your 9th and 10th chemistry deeply. Also, develop good studying habits and score good marks in the board exams.

In Organic Chemistry for JEE, everything is interconnected, which means if you forget one single link, you’ll forget everything. Hence, try to practice as much as you can and solve quality questions.

Along with preparing for organic chemistry in schools, please don’t forget to enjoy your life and focus on developing other aspects play some sports, paint, dance. Have all the fun in the world as school days will never come back!

You could also read about making organic chemistry for JEE more interesting here.

Happy studying, folks!

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