“Practice Organic Mechanisms” provides guided mechanism practice, which fills a hole in students’ learning of reaction mechanisms. The workbook typically contains five opportunities to practice each mechanism and is structured to promote pattern recognition and transference – key components of critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, the book contains a thorough review of key concepts such as formal charge, resonance structures and arrow formalism with exercises to solidify student’s understanding of these core themes.
Over 500 students have used this workbook to date, and student response has been exceptionally positive (see reviews). Furthermore, we have observed more confidence in the student’s ability to think through mechanism problems and predict product outcomes. More impressively, the score on the mechanism section of the organic examinations has increased from 74 % to 82%. It just goes to show that practice is a highly effective learning strategy.