Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I compared Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2, what determines which reaction is preferred, how they compete, reaction mechanisms, protic vs aprotic solvents and why is that important to Sn1 vs E1 reactions, E2 reaction mechanism, E2 on a Newman projection and on a chair conformation, determining products from E2 reactions, and tricky questions with E2 reactions on a cyclohexane."
"We covered 1,2 and 1,4 addition along with Diels-Alder and spectroscopy. The student needed guidance on organizing the way to solve each problem as well as applying some rules to new information. She was a pleasure to work with and was very receptive to new material. I gave her some studying strategies and suggested she continue with practice problems and that she repeat each set of problem at least once every couple of days after initially completing them."
"We covered more of the student's worksheets practicing reactivity and formation of carboxylic acid derivatives, aldol condensation vs Claisen condensation vs Michael addition. He was struggling with ring opening and closing mechanisms and naming esters. He was very appreciative of the material covered. We will have another session before his exam next week."
"We went over the reactions of carboxylic acids and conversion between different functional groups. She still has some difficulty with the concepts, but she is improving. We will continue to work on this. I recommended that she go over the videos of carbonyls and carboxylic acids in order to increase her understanding."
"Today the student and I mainly went over her lecture notes for topics that will be on the final, and covered Gabriel synthesis, Strecker synthesis (both to make amino acids synthetically), and amino acid protonation state depending on what the pKa and pH relative to each other are. I gave her a good number of example problems throughout the session to make sure she would be ready for different variations in which the professor could test her. I think she has all the knowledge in her mind, but as she has expressed, she just has difficulty when it comes to test-taking. Moving forward, I will continue giving her more example problems of higher difficulty so that when she sees something complex on the exam, she'll be well acquainted with more challenging problems."
"The student provided me with a list of homework assignments for his chapter on carboxylic acid derivatives. I created some worksheets for us to go through using his homework as a template so that he could see similar problems while still having the benefit of his homework as additional practice. Today, we covered acid/base hydrolysis of carboxylic acid derivatives, transesterification, and numerous reactions possible through the use of oxidizing/reducing agents. I will send him the worksheets we went through today so that he can refer to them in the future."