Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session focused solely on covering the differences between Sn1 and Sn2 reactions along with working through some examples of each. The two main concepts the student struggled with were determining nucleophilic strength and degree of the central carbon (i.e. whether it's primary, secondary, or tertiary). Her understanding of the material improved as the session progressed. While I did not ask her to do more practice problems, I did highly encourage her to familiarizing herself with a table we created that determines Sn1 and Sn2 favorability along with memorizing what a primary, secondary, and tertiary carbon looks like."
"Today the student and I worked on making ethers (both acid and base), breaking ethers, making esters, breaking esters, a bit on transesterification, making hemiacetal/ hemiacetals, making ketals/ acetals and a bit about protective groups."
"The student and I went over a lot of conceptual stuff today, focusing on kinetics, thermodynamics, and their relationship with a reaction coordinate diagram. She is making a lot of progress and understanding the concepts behind the material, and it's clear she doesn't want to just memorize everything but understand it. Looking forward to applying these concepts with her next session."
"Today we covered Diel-Alder reactions, hydrogenation, and sulfonication reactions. The student understood the material better after the session."
"We covered naming of alkanes and drawing chemical structures from a given name. We discussed naming functional groups. We then drew Newman projections and solved questions from the textbook. The student solved two practice exams. By the end of session, the student was confident in solving multiple questions and knew how to approach each problem correctly."
"We worked on extra credit quizzes for carbohydrates, carboxylic acids/esters, and lipids. The quizzes covered properties, nomenclature, and different types of reactions. I am currently working on a review for her upcoming exam. The student did well and has a pretty good understanding of the subject."
"We continued to look at the reactions with ketones, covering formation of enamines, Wittig reaction, Baeyer-Villiger, and reactions with thiols."
"We went through half of her chapter 4 notes, and just broke everything down. We talked about mechanisms and properties of elements, and took everything real slow and easy. She picked up on everything really quickly!"
"We discussed stereoisomerism. About half of the time was devoted to cis/trans isomers of alkenes, and the other half to R and S chiral centers."
"Today we continued to cover oxidation/reduction of alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acids. We also went over dehydration and hydrogenation reactions, and looked at decarboxylation reactions for the first time. We also looked at some Sapling problems online. The student was doing very well today and had a much better understanding of the concepts. Great job!"
"Today we covered a homework problem set that the student was given on radical reaction mechanisms. I used this opportunity to introduce her to radical reactions, by talking to her about resonance, stability, and mechanisms themselves. She has a test next Tuesday, and we will be meeting again Sunday (possibly twice), and possibly Monday to address any outstanding concerns she may have."
"We covered multiple example problems, focusing mainly on Fischer projections and how to determine stereochemistry. We spent a good amount of time on identifying the relationship between two molecules when in Fischer projection, or when in a cyclopropane formation (i.e. if they're diastereomers, enantiomers, identical, etc.). I gave the student some helpful tips on how to quickly identify the relationship between two molecules without having to determine R/S stereochemistry (especially when crunched for time). She seems to be catching on to concepts quickly! The main things I advised her of are to just continue practicing (she found a huge question bank list) and to believe in herself that she understands the material!"