Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered synthesis of anhydrides and esters through Fischer esterification and reactions with acid halides and alcohols. We also looked at the hydrolysis products of these products, noting the differences in products in the presence of an acid or a base. Overall the student had a very good understanding of these reactions and did well in today's tutoring session. Great job!"
"The student and I worked on a set of problems that mostly dealt with the reactions and mechanisms that are the main focus of her current unit. Specifically, these problems require the student to discern between Sn1, Sn2, E1,and E2 organic mechanisms when given a set of reactants and/or reaction conditions. She has a strong understanding of the core principals of all these types of reactions, but with Organic Chemistry, practice is necessary to master the understanding and to learn how to approach any given reaction conditions. I provided her with a worksheet I compiled on the 4 reactions (E1, E2, Sn1, Sn2) to give her a clean-cut outline and strategic approach to these reaction problems. Next time we will focus on another chapter that will be covered on her exam next week."
"We continued covering alkyl substitution, alkene reactions and alkyne reactions. This covered their mechanisms, determining reagents, and stereochemistry of the products. It also went into Sn2, Sn1, E2, and E1 reactions and their understanding."
"We covered the newer reagents learned in class, some reduction/oxidation reactions, and the differences between ortho/para and meta on ring addition. The student needed help with applying what was learned in class to different organic molecules that were not mentioned in class. The student was very appreciative of the material covered. We talked about some study skills and test taking skills to improve her grade by making flashcards of the reagents, using the book for practice, and taking her time on the exam. Her test is coming up in a week."
"This session focused on discussing alkyne reactions (e.g. halogenation, hydration, and synthesis practice problems). The concepts were not too difficult for the student to understand; it was just a matter of clarifying the material from her lecture. Where she did seem to struggle the most, though, was with the "challenge" questions. Granted, it was difficult for her to efficiently implement material we just covered within the same session, but I did recommend for her to keep using flashcards to review the material. This will allow her to keep the reactions at the forefront of her memory and, consequently, facilitate challenge questions in the future. Her progress is evident as the sessions develop, and I am very excited to keep helping her in the future."
"During our session today our main focus was the reactions of the reduction and oxidation. We looked at the reducing reagent, such as LAH and NABH4 and the limitations of both of those reagents and specific uses. Concerning the oxidation, we covered the Jones reagent, PCC and hydrogenation of the Palladium catalyst. The student is very engaged in the conversations and is fun to teach, since she asks questions and always tries to understand the reaction and asks me to draw a mechanism for the reaction."