Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over nomenclature of alkenes. Went over reactions involving alcohol dehydration and alkyl halide hydrolysis. Went over all mechanisms and how to choose one product over another."
"In the last session with the student we covered chapters 16 through 18 regarding reactions involving carbonyl containing compounds. We also covered review questions in order to prepare for the third exam."
"We worked on memorizing alkyne synthesis reactions and reactions of alkynes by making flash cards and quizzing. We also looked at reactions of alcohols and alcohol synthesis reactions."
"We went over stereochemistry naming and identification. This involved R versus S and asymmetric carbons."
"We discussed cycloalkane naming, angle strain associated with cycloalkanes, and spent the majority of the time drawing chair conformations and interpreting line structures into chair conformations. This was in preparation for the student's class tomorrow."
"We reviewed line reactions and mechanisms. Mechanisms included Acidic reactions, NAS, and Benzene formations."
"First, I briefly reviewed the addition reactions that we went over last session with the student. We then went over the mechanisms of halogen addition, halohydrin formation, hydrogenation, and oxidative cleavage. We then moved on to the next chapter, which covers properties and reactions of alcohols. We went over physical properties and acidity of alcohols and how they can be synthesized via reaction with organometallic reagents. The student worked on problems throughout the session to consolidate his understanding."
"Today we covered the elimination, second order reaction, and how the basic hydrogen must be anti-coplanar to the leaving group."
"Today was a review session for the student's exam on Thursday. Topics covered: Stereoisomers (Enantiomers (R and S), Diastereomers), conformational isomers, constitutional isomers, IUPAC naming for alkanes, Optical activity, etc."
"Today the student and I covered NAS and EAS reactions. Emphasis was put on how an electrophile or nucleophile reacts with substituted benzenes containing electron withdrawing groups and electron donating groups. Michelle told me that she feels good about the concepts, but feels that she needs to practice the mechanisms a little more. We also covered some other key benzylic reactions, including Friedel-crafts acylation and LAH reductions. The student is still preparing for her test, which is in a few days. She states that we have covered most of the material that will be on the test. We plan to cover some synthetic examples the next time we meet, which she reports as her weakest area for the upcoming test. She also asked for some extra help with radical reactions the next time we meet."
"We continued reviewing and practicing SN1/SN2/E1/E2 reactions and determining the most likely products. We reviewed what factors determine the mechanism that a reaction will proceed through."
"Introductory session focusing on resonance, chirality and stero-chemistry. Reviewed first exam and covered topics that were confusing to the student. Explained conceptual topics and reinforced with select challenging problems."