Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the last session today with the student, we covered all the material for the exam, which included three chapters involving carbonyl and enolates, amines and polymers. We first worked through chapter 27 to finish the polymer section of the syllabus and subsequently worked through 2 exams and 2 extra sets of synthesis questions. The total session which lasted for 5/1/4 hrs ( +1hr of prep for the class) was really productive and allowed her to clearly understand the concepts to do very well on her exam."
"Went over allylic halogenation and initiation and propagation steps of the mechanisms. Introduced the concept of dienes and dienophiles. Also did the Diels-Alder reaction."
"We covered Alkene nomenclature and basic mechanism of halogenation using the most stable carbo-cation."
"We spent the session finishing the student's homework assignment and discussing how her test went. I was happy to hear that she felt she understood all of the concepts presented on the test and that we hit the central concepts covered on the test accordingly. She appears to be getting much better at grasping multiple concepts at once, and she is remembering all of the subtle details that are needed to answer organic chemistry questions. For the next session, she will gather information on her upcoming class project so that I can help guide her in the right direction. I will also cover any new concepts discussed in class."
"We started doing a lot of test prep getting ready for the exam on 7-8. We did a lot of alkyne chemistry synthesis."
"The student and I reviewed keto-enol tautomerism, enolates, and reactions of enolates. He completed practice problems and practiced mechanisms for enolate formation and reactions of enolates. He has more practice problems to review before our next session."
"Today we covered reactions with alkenes and alkynes as well as nucleophilic substitutions and elimination reactions."
"We discussed: chemistry of alkenes, E2, E1 mechanism to form double bonds, stability of doubles bonds- more substituted are more stable, Bredt's rule- need at least an 8-membered ring to form double bond, and electrophilic substitution reactions and how to calculate the degree of unsaturation."
"We are continuing to review various organic reactions. We have found a study style that works and will continue to review materials from the book and professor."
"We reviewed reactions of alkynes and alkenes as well as summarized topics from previous chapters in preparation for the final. We completed practice problems from multiple chapters."
"We discussed structural determination from NMR/IR spectra and general methods for interpreting NMR spectra. We continued working on strategies for determining reaction mechanisms."
"Electronic configuration, Orbitals, Bonding, Formal charge, Degrees of unsaturation, Building molecules/line-bond drawings, Resonance, Acid/base, Orbital drawings"