Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over specific types of sn2 and sn1 reactions and the differences between them. Also went over determining stereochemistry and enationmers versus diastereomers."
"During the last session with the student, we covered section 10 of her coursework, which involved primarily reactions leading to the formation and degradation of esters. We specifically reviewed the problem set that she had been assigned. With a little bit of guidance, she was able to tackle the majority of the problems. To prepare ahead of the final exam, she will be making summaries of all the reactions and will also be tackling the questions at the back of the chapters along with reviewing all her previous assignments."
"We worked on recognizing and identifying IR spectroscopy. We also reviewed previous organic synthesis reactions."
"We reviewed mechanisms of hydroboration, alcohol addition, alcohol elimination, and epoxide formation. We also discussed energy diagrams and line reactions covering chapter 5 and 6."
"We definitely had a good breakthrough on the S/R naming and identification of which substituent took priority. This was a very good session."
"We spent our session today going over chirality. The subject material included identifying chiral carbons, determining relationships between compounds (identical, diastereomer, enantiomer, etc.), optical activity, and meso compounds. The student should work on perceiving molecules in 3-dimensions for our next session. Once he has mastered this, he should be able to very quickly work through these problems."
"I met the student and had the opportunity to discuss previous concepts that were learned in the beginning of the class. I assessed that she has a competent grasp of the beginning material and is able to understand the basics of organic chemistry. We discussed the material that was present in chapters 15-17 of her textbook, and planned how we would prepare her for her test on Wednesday. She is going to require some strategies that will allow her to remember the steps involved in more complex concepts addressed in the chapters. I gave her some key points and concepts to study over the weekend in order to help her understanding of the information. I plan to meet with her next Monday to solidify her knowledge of the current material. I will present her with a quiz that will summarize what we covered in today's session."
"We reviewed new reaction mechanism: catalytic hydrogenation, acid catalyzed hydration, and hydroboration oxidation. We summarized the 10 types of mechanisms we have learned so far and applied them to examples."
"We took a practice test in preparation of your upcoming exam on Sunday. Went through the reactions and mechanisms and different ways to approach the questions."
"Covered topics in Alkenes and Alkynes. Developed strategies to study and memorize mechanisms and reaction pathways."
"The student and I covered elimination reactions, cyclizations, oxymercuration, dehydration, and halogenation. We reviewed E1 and E2, as well as how they relate to Sn1 and Sn2."
"The student and I reviewed aldehyde and ketone reactions today. We reviewed both synthesis and reactions of these groups, as well as made flashcards so that he can study these on his own."