Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, reactions of Allene's and Alayna's were covered. Based on structures of both classes of hydrocarbons, addition reactions with different electrophiles, hydrogenation and oxidative cleavage of alkenes and alkenes were reviewed. With aid of after chapter problems, synthesis, mechanisms, reagents and stereochemical issues have to be taken in account."
"Today I continued with a review of functional groups and major reactions such as alkenes, alcohols and how to convert between different functional groups. She is starting to make a lot more connections between the groups and reagents that are used."
"We discussed relative stability owing from aromaticity and stereochemistry in organic compounds, in details. We spiced it up by throwing IUPAC names of organic compounds, instead of having structures."
"We discussed kinetic vs. thermodynamic control, dienes (1,2 vs 1,4 addition), and stability of benzylic cations. We then covered some syntheses on the student's worksheets, Diels Alder reactions, and aromaticity (Huckel rule). We started the discussion about ortho para vs meta directors in electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, and I advised the student to read the chapter in her book."
"We covered the student's notes on aldehyde and ketone reactions and mechanisms with forming cyclic compounds, protecting groups, acetals, ketals, and nitrogen containing molecules. She needed help with some of the mechanisms knowing when to protonate or deprotonate and making an acid catalyzed vs base catalyzed mechanism. She was appreciative of the material covered. She has a test in a couple of weeks, so our next sessions will have practice problems and practice exams on carboxylic acid derivatives, aldehyde and ketones, and aromatic substitution."
"Today we started looking at carbonyl reactions. We went over nomenclature of aldehydes and ketones, Grignard and organocuprate reactions, acetal formation and usage as protecting groups, imine and enamine formations and Wittig reactions. Overall, the student did well today, and we will review this material again at our next session to ensure that she is understanding the concepts. Great job!"