Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked over her notes for aldehydes and ketones. We did some practice problems on the material in preparation for her exam."
"Today we did a review for a quiz on enols, enolate ions, alkylation of enolate ions, alpha halogenation of ketones, haloform reaction, Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction, aldol condensation of ketones and aldehydes, dehydration of aldol products. Crossed aldol-condensation will not be on this quiz so only we worked on aldol condensations with another molecule of same aldehyde/ketone."
"We worked on the various carbonyl reactions. We paid particular attention to the general nucleophilic addition to carbonyls and then expanded this to various nucleophiles."
"Today we covered homework problems and addressed some of the ACS problems for carboxylic acid derivatives. The student's ACS final exam is on Friday, but today was our last session. He will work on ACS problems using his ACS practice book."
"Today we covered nomenclature, chair conformers, Newman projections, and reviewed previous material. The student is still learning Newman projections. She knew the previous material when we reviewed. She is more confident about the material after our session."
"We went over chem 1 review, IRS %s overview, overview of Orgo I and what will be covered in the class, unsaturations, calculation # of unsaturations of compounds with O, N, X. We also went over drawing line angle structures and conformational isomers, a bit on constitutional isomers, orbital hybridizations, a bit on nomenclature."
"We started on the student's practice problems together. We focused on synthesis problems and talked about what reactions she should make flashcards for."
"Today we worked on practice problems, from the student's book, related to acid-base reactions. He did an excellent job on applying previous concepts such as stability, Lewis structures, and resonance to account for new phenomena. I am very confident that he is on track to tackle chapter three next week."
"For our final session, the student and I finished our review of elimination reactions by talking about the four major factors that affect elimination mechanisms and how these factors compare to substitution reactions. We then finished our session by going over how to predict which reaction mechanism predominates based on the substrate, nucleophile/ base, leaving group, and solvent."
"We finished up talking about benzenes, then started on alcohols. We discussed the definition, nomenclature, physical properties, formation, oxidation, reduction synthesis, and properties. We then continued onto reactions of alcohols and Grignard synthesis. We also went over ethers and epoxides as well (definition, nomenclature, properties and key reactions). The student while initially may have been unsure about some things, quickly grasped the concepts after my explaining them and doing a few example problems."
"The student was able to get through 2 practice exams of which she got the majority of the questions correct and we went through the ones she didn't know. We reviewed Edman degradation and sequencing amino acid problems. Lastly at the end she took the short answer portion of her practice final while I timed her to see if she was making better time on her question answering. She seems to understand the material fine; the only issue I see is that she does not trust her instincts and assumes she doesn't understand the question. If she trusts herself and goes into this test with my confidence I believe she will do significantly better than before."
"We talked a lot about the student's concerns with this course and completing the course on time. She had already gone through three chapters but she expressed that she did not fully understand them. We completed some assignments from chapter 1 and she agreed to have assignment 1 and 2 redone for our next session next Friday."