Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we reviewed the student's past exam in order to review the major concepts and give her a leg up on preparing for her next exam. I left her with several practice problems which we will go over during our next session."
"The student is starting General chemistry. He has some trouble understanding the concepts so we are working slowly step by step. We covered the rules for significant figures and worked a significant figures problem. We spent the rest of the session working on dimensional analysis problems, converting grams to moles, and a volume to a mass for two problems. I will send him a few more problems for practice."
"We went over drawing resonance structures. We reviewed resonance structures and we will continue to work on stereochemistry problems. Overall the session was a success."
"We went through one of the previous tests from the class to study. I had received the tests, and was able to prepare for most of the questions. The tutoring session went great, as the student is getting the concepts that we are going over. The best part is that he is asking questions. Nothing speaks more than learning than asking questions, and I think he is getting more and more of the organic chemistry intuition. We are planning to meet again in two days to go over the rest of the test."
"Covered dehydration of aldol condensation products, crossed aldol condensations, aldol cyclizations, Claisen ester condensation, began to review for final, synthesis of and reactions of ketones and aldehydes."
"Today the student and I briefly talked about time management for studying for the MCAT while taking her other classes and we revised our strategy. Then we went over the first MCAT organic chemistry section on structure, bonding, and reactivity and reviewed the passage answers, focusing on bond dissociation energy/strength/length."
"We spent a good portion of time speaking about study skills. We went over the importance of note taking and organization. We identified a good study space and he will continue to study there only when he is going to be extremely focused. As finals approach we continue to talk about compiling info in organized ways. We talked about retrosynthesis and how to approach these problems. Also, we spent a good amount of time talking about ethers, synthesis. Also we talked about protecting groups and how to use them. He will continue to work on study skills and continue to practice problems from his lecture notes."
"Student and I met today to go over ketone and aldehydes. We mainly covered mechanisms and concepts today. She has a problem set and practice exam that will prepare her for the final exam in a week. We plan on meeting once again next week before her final exam."
"We looked over some of the material student was covering for lab. We discussed electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions and the properties that influence the reactions. We went over the pre-lab questions, and worked through the solutions together. In order to understand the reaction mechanisms, we systematically broke down the intermediate steps involved in the mechanism, and also reviewed the resonance structures that are possible in this step. By doing this we were able to deduce the possible products from the most stable resonance structures. Student handled the material very well."
"The student and I went over some problems on how to determine whether a molecule is aromatic. We also reviewed her lecture notes, covering the mechanism of electrophilic aromatic substitution, key reactions involving benzene, and the effects of substituent groups on reactivity and the orientation of subsequent reactions. I provided her with a short set of notes to help her identify which functional groups were activating and deactivating. She seemed to be a hard worker with a positive attitude; she said she was confident about her upcoming final."
"Today we reviewed material related to the reactions of aromatic compounds. We reviewed electrophilic substitution and started nucleophilic substitution. We also addressed less common reactions such as the birch reduction and the Clemson reduction. We will meet again tonight to do some last minute review for his test tomorrow. In the meantime he will review all of the mechanisms in the back of the chapter by hand. He will also prepare specific questions so we can get the most out of the time we have tonight."
"The student and I spent this session reviewing her first exam in organic chemistry that we hadn't yet had the chance to review. We went through each question examining the material that it was testing, her answers, and why she missed the material she did. One thing that I think will really help her for future tests is nailing down the basics with her and helping her to realize that all of the more complicated mechanisms extend from some central core ideas of organic chemistry such as nucleophiles and electrophiles and how they interact (as an example)."