Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Studied for first exam with a practice test. Went over Newman Projects, nomenclature, molecular geometry, and orbital diagrams."
"We reviewed for the final covering mostly material from line reactions, stereochemistry, synthesis, and product formation."
"The student and I reviewed reaction mechanisms for ester and amide hydrolysis and esterification. We worked out ways for him to remember these mechanisms and related these mechanisms to others that he has learned so far. We also reviewed his reaction flashcards for his upcoming exam."
"We went over chirality, R and S configuration and briefly touched upon NMR. We did a few sample questions from a previous exam. Student has a good understanding of material thus far."
"The student and I reviewed alcohols, physical properties, Newman projections, Fisher projections, radical reactions and carbonyl reductions in preparation for his exam tomorrow."
"We finished up final prep. This included the major concepts from all of the previously covered chapters. This included Newman's, SN1/SN2, E1/E2 and different reactions."
"We discussed the Diels Alder reaction and exo and endo addition. The oxymercuration and Williamson ether synthesis and when to use each reaction. Kinetic versus thermodynamic control."
"Today we covered nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions between carboxylic acid derivatives as well as nucleophilic reactions with aldehydes and ketones in the formation of hemi-acetals and hemi-ketals."
"Today, we covered mass spectrometry, specifically identifying alkanes, and molecular fragments generated from the alpha cleavage of ethers, amides, and alkyl halides."
"The student and I covered how to draw 3D structures of molecules and how to place the wedge and dash lines to show where the atoms line up. We also went over how many electron pairs she has to draw for certain atoms and why they have certain charges. Acid/base strength was also covered, where we looked at what trends made the conjugate acid/base stronger or weaker. The different trends included the periodic trends going up/down the periodic table and across it. We also looked at electronegativity and how it affects the inductive effect when we are comparing strengths of acids/bases. The more stable compounds in an acid/base reaction will have equilibrium swing in their favor. We also went over how to draw resonance structures. She told me that this was a concept that she struggled with, so I tried explaining what the rules are and how to look for patterns so that she can apply those patterns to other drawings. By the end of the session, she understood it much better. We will continue to work on this with more practice problems to solidify her understanding. During this session, we reviewed homework problems and some practice problems her professor had recommended for her."
"We reviewed chapter 2. Went over hybridization specifically. Advised her to make sure to do the sample and end of chapter problems."
"The student had specific questions on SN1, SN2, E1 and E2 reactions. She seemed to grasp the material for her exam."