Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed Huckel's rule, examples of Heterocyclic Compounds like pyridine, pyrimidine, furan and discussed their aromatic nature. We also discussed the aromatic nature of cyclooctatriene cation and anion, cyclopropenyl cation and  annulene."
"The student and I covered acid strength concepts today for one hour. We went over concepts first and then got into practice problems. He has his exam tomorrow. I left him with a couple additional practice problems. He started understanding the concept very quickly and I think will do great on his exam tomorrow."
"Wonderful session this evening. We discussed diene and dienophile reactions. We went over the many variations of the diels alder reaction and discussed the specific orientations that are required for it. Based on these different orientations, many complicated were discussed and drawn. The student did very well transitioning the two dimensional objects to three dimensions. We also discussed different NMR techniques and additionally touched on aromaticity rules for conjugation."
"During this session we focused on chapter 20 material. Specifically, we focused on carbonyl chemistry's similarities to other reaction mechanisms that we already know in an effort to make understanding this new topic much simpler."
"Today we covered material from organic chemistry, specifically aromaticity. We discussed Huckel's rule (4n+2) and anti-aromaticity (4n). We also touched on resonance forms, and how they can affect aromaticity. Overall the student seemed to have a good grasp of the material we reviewed. I look forward to meeting with him on Friday."
"After being sick last week, we picked up our session this morning. The student had gotten his test back. Although he felt like he did pretty ok, he was disappointed by his 60. We went over the areas he had issues with and tried to reason what he had done wrong. I reassured him, however that one of the biggest steps to overcoming orgo is thinking you can do it. The fact that he felt like he did an alright job for the test is a good indicator, because we can nip some of the mistakes in the bud after a lot more practice. Unfortunately there are only 2 tests this term, so hopefully we can do much better on the next test. We also started covering pKa's, pH's, and acidity as an introduction to the Carboxylic acids chapter. In the end the student was able to understand the relationship between acids and their pKa's and how to determine which compound will be the base."
"Covered carboxylic acid nomenclature, inductive effects that cause increased acidity of carboxylic acids, and carboxylic acid synthesis from oxidative cleavage, Grignard and CO2, and SN2 substitution by NaCN to form a nitrile followed by hydrolysis."
"In the session we covered additions to carbonyl groups such as LiAlH4 and Grignard reagents. We discussed how addition of copper changes the reactivity of reagent. We discussed opening an epoxide and reduction of amides to give amines."
"We covered Markovnikov's rule, carbocation stability, alkene reactions, syn/anti addition, hydroboration, bromination, hydrogenation, and various mechanisms involved. The student had a great attitude and was eager to learn. We did some extra review with mechanisms and hydroboration reaction."
"We went over her past midterm and went forward with elimination reactions. The student improved a lot on each subject."
"We went over his past midterms, past quizzes and briefly went over SN2 and SN1 reactions. Recommended for him to look at a website that a professor has that would give him good practice and information."
"We went over mass spec fragmentation in more detail and completed several practice exercises to solidify the concept. Student definitely seemed to have reached a greater level of understanding by the end of the session."