Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the rest of the Organic Chemistry practice exams. I was glad to see the student owning the reactions and being able to use his organic intuition to predict reactions. It takes a while to develop that, and I hope he can see it more and more as he continues taking the class. I know he will be attending his professor's review session to check answers and compare explanations, and I hope everything goes well with the test/ class. I am totally available to talk about or go or even other college stuff, if needed. It's been my pleasure tutoring this student!"
"We discussed electrophilic substitution reactions of a Benzene ring. We also discussed the mechanism of these reactions and about orto, para and meta director groups."
"We focused on the benzylic and allylic radical reactions. We talked about how they worked and the reasoning behind the stability of the intermediates."
"Discussed a last minute review for first exam--focused on resonance, formal charge, and acid/base chemistry."
"We did a review of reactions for synthesis of carboxylic acids, review of reactions of carboxylic acids, and review of synthesis using acid chlorides"
"We reviewed electrochemistry. We then went over nuclear decay and half-life. Afterwards we went over hybridization, resonance, conjugation, and aromaticity."
"We went over a few worksheets given out by the professor, focusing on the most important areas and stressing how in many cases Orgo has similarities from chapter to chapter."
"The student and I reviewed Wolff-Kishner and Clemmsen reductions, Friedel-Crafts acetylation, carbonyl reduction, and alkylation in addition to general benzene chemistry."
"We reviewed her samples tests and review the mechanisms and questions for her test on Thursday. I tried to show her how the mechanisms for each questions work."
"We went over chapter 8 with reactions of alcohols. The student was struggling with synthesis problems so we worked hard on those."
"Today we covered molecular orbitals, conjugated systems, and the selectivity of the Diels-Alder reaction in preparation for her exam, which will be on Friday."
"We looked over some of the material the student was covering for lab. We discussed electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions and the properties that influence the reactions. We went over the pre-lab questions and worked through the solutions together. In order to understand the reaction mechanisms we systematically broke down the intermediate steps involved in the mechanism, and also reviewed the resonance structures that are possible in this step. By doing this we were able to deduce the possible products from the most stable resonance structures. The student handled the material very well."