Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In the last session with the student, we covered organic reactions involving alcohol, phenols and thiols. The session was primarily dedicated to helping her with the homework for the coursework. She easily completed the nomenclature naming part of the assignment. She had no trouble with the rest of the assignment after a brief review regarding the reactions the compounds in this class of organic compounds undergo."
"Began introduction to reactions by going over SN1 and SN2 reactions. Also began alkyl halide synthesis from alcohols and nomenclature of alcohols."
"The student has been doing great! She is needing less and less assistance as she tackles the problems. We just continued to review today."
"We reviewed some topics that the student had questions with from her practice test. This included Newman projections, chair conformations, and naming of cyclic alkanes. She is no longer having issues with the topics since our thorough review. We came up with a methodic approach for her to go about these problems."
"We did a final review before his exam. We went over naming slightly, Newman structures in more detail, and more acid/base arrow pushing. We also discussed what makes for a stronger acid, as well as discussing resonance and their corresponding arrow pushing diagrams."
"Today we worked on stereochemistry problems related to R- or S- configuration and comparing diastereomers and enantiomers."
"We covered new reactions and C NMR. The reactions included addition to alkenes and cleavage of alkenes."
"Reviewed material from chapters 3,4, and 7 in preparation for Monday's exam. Completed practice test and reviewed answers."
"Worked on chirality and diastereomers problems. Practiced using models to work through problems as well."
"The student and I continued with the topic of electrophilic addition. We went over Markovnikov and Anti-Markovnikov addition mechanisms and talked about the common types of reactions for each one. The student was introduced to hydration, halide addition, oxymercuration/demercuration, and hydroboration and became familiar with each mechanism. The student worked on several practice problems (involving drawing reaction mechanisms) and we went over the answers together."
"The student informed me that she has a test in a week, and she asked me the best way to prepare for it. I suggested she go over the concepts with me that give her the most trouble, and to spend a lot of her personal time practicing problems on her own. I suggested that she bring up the problems she has trouble with during our next meeting so we can discuss them. Tonight, she brought a chapter study guide that was created by the course instructor. We went over resonance structures and how resonance plays a role in determining product outcome, such as 1,2 additions and 1,4 additions. In addition, we also reviewed how thermodynamics and kinetics can be favored based on temperature conditions. Lastly, we covered the Diels-Alder mechanism and related reactions. The student is eager to learn, although she admits OChem is not her favorite subject. She states that resonance is a hard concept for her to grasp, however, she feels that tonight's tutoring session has helped to clear up a lot of gaps in the subject matter. I feel she has great potential and that we can make good progress before her test."
"We practiced some problems for the Organic Chemistry standardized test and practiced some problems in the book."