Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I focused on identifying resonance structures, major and minor formations, and the hybridization of resonance structures."
"During the session with the student, we went over the organic chemistry practice exam that his teacher had given him. He mastered the main concepts quite well but had some questions regarding some specifics that we addressed. We reviewed all the teacher's notes and made sure to cover all sections that might be on the test."
"We went over naming compounds like alkanes and cycloalkanes. We practiced the IUPAC naming system. We also practiced how to draw structures from the IUPAC names."
"-Practice set of problems for identifying functional groups and IR peak frequencies. -Defining and drawing Lewis structure, geometry of the molecule as well as the hybridization. -Stereochemistry, enantiomers, meso compounds, chirality, achiral compounds"
"We discussed naming of disaccharides, hemiacetal and acetal formation, and reviewed oxidation and reduction reactions forming alcohols and aldehydes."
"We practice sn2/sn1/e2/e1 reactions with some worksheets I had printed off. Then we discussed some simple addition reactions, Markovnikov Rules, syn vs anti addition and peroxides."
"Today I brought a bunch of problems involving nomenclature, Lewis-Acids and Bases, nucleophiles and electrophiles, and predicting reactions."
"We covered electronic configuration, converting compound formulas to line diagrams and orbitals. The student is much more comfortable designating electronic configurations, figuring out the e-configuration for valence electrons and understanding line diagrams."
"We went over more acid/base organic chemistry. We reviewed arrow pushing diagrams and how they function, certain factors that increase acidity, and how pka and pHs relate."
"Most of the session was spent going over the naming of alkanes. We came up with a method to approach naming problems. We discussed Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases, and how to approach acid/base reaction problems. We discussed resonance, and touched on Newman Projections for the student's upcoming class."
"We reviewed for her test tomorrow. We talked about nomenclature, dehydration reactions, boiling points, and oxidation/reduction reactions."
"Practiced more with radical mechanisms and looked at calculating enthalpies of reactions. The student did well with enthalpy calculations, but still needs more practice drawing mechanisms."