Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we went over the student's most recent exam. While it was a definite improvement over her first exam, she and I discussed potential ways of updating her study habits in order to further raise her test scores. Particularly, we went over how to get the most out of the text book and I encouraged her to pre-read for her lectures as a way to prevent procrastination and get the most out of our weekly sessions together. Overall, she is an intelligent student capable of understanding the material and simply needs a little help putting in the necessary time to excel in this class."
"We worked thru a practice test that covered E1, E2, SN1 and SN2. We also looked at a number of reactions including osmylation, ozonalysis, borane addition and bromine addition. We discussed the mechanism and the stereochemical consequences of the mechanisms."
"We reviewed for her final exam she will be taking tomorrow. We went over thermodynamic problems. ph problems and bonding. We went over her practice test to make sure we answered her specific question and understood them. She will continue to study for her exam. She had a great attitude."
"The student had a couple of practice tests that he had completed and just asked me curious questions about the ones he didn't know. I helped him out with some of the rate problems as well as knowing if a molecule is E or Z and some of the thermodynamics problems. He had gotten an A on his midterm, so I don't think he was confused about much and he readily understood what I was doing and then sometimes could figure out the problem before I had even said anything."
"The student and I worked on new material yesterday focusing on carboxylic acid derivatives and the reactions they go through. I am trying to get her to really focus on the basics and this should help all of her understanding including formal charge, resonance, and arrow pushing. She is improving with each session and really paying attention to the mistakes she is making to try to fix them."
"Today's session served as a review for the student's upcoming exam. We specifically focused on topics of carboxylic acid derivatives, using a packet of problems her teacher had provided. In addition to nomenclature, we covered topics of nucleophilic substitution, formation of acyl chlorides, anhydrides and amides. We focused on simplifying terms to remember common trends seen in the upcoming exam. We ended the session discussing methods to study, in which I recommended the student continue to keep working on book problems that were not assigned in addition to packets, quizzes and questions her teacher had provided. We then finished the session going over a few practice problems within her textbook."
"The student and I continued with problems dealing with aldehydes and ketones. We especially focused on doing some syntheses problems involving protecting groups. We also spent some time charting out the different reducing agents as well as oxidizing agents."
"We covered alkene reactions. The student sent me a page of problems, so we walked through the mechanisms for each type of problem, then did the specific problem after she understood the mechanism. Reactions included: formation of halohydrins (Br2, H2O); osmium tetroxide hydroxylation (OsO4); alkoxymercuration-demercuration (Hg(Oac)2); epoxidation / ring opening (mCPBA); addition of hydrogen halides to alkenes, with methyl shift (HBr); hydroboration (BH3); and catalytic hydrogenation (H2, Pt). I asked the student to go over the mechanisms in her textbook after our session, and to email me more practice problems / issues before the next session."
"Covered molecular orbital theory, acids, nucleophilic reactions, and more. I was able to explain many things in the time allotted, but I think getting a text book would really help her."
"Today's session covered organic synthesis, radical reactions, radical polymerization, dienes, and the Diels-Alder reaction. During this session, I assisted her with a homework assignment that contained questions on the aforesaid material, and as she was going along, I began to really feel as though she is getting the hang of the subject. Practice is surely paying off. For more good news, she also told me that she typically does really well with the online homework assignments she gets. For the Diels-Alder reaction, she understands how the reaction takes place, but also admits that she needs practice on drawing the products. Before leaving, I gave her a few exercises that I created the night before on nomenclature and reactions so that she will get more practice on those aspects of organic chemistry."
"We completed all the synthesis reactions for compounds starting with acetyl chloride. I gave the general reactions so that the student could get an idea of what reagent has to be used in the reaction."
"Topics: In this session we covered practice problems from Chapters 20 and 21 from the textbook. Specifically, we covered the following mechanisms: Gabriel amine synthesis, ester reduction by LiAlH4, Aldol condensation, acetal formation (the student initially had some trouble with this mechanism, but was more confident by the end of our session), and organocuprates."