Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over a lot of electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, birch reductions, and HOMO/LUMO frost circles. We worked through problems that were given and did some HOMO/LUMO drawings."
"All the possible carbocation rearrangements, carbocation stability, a bit on resonance, additions to double bonds (Br2 and HBr), regioselectivity, meso compounds and enantiomers, a bit on electronegativity and pKas, double bond stability, and why are more substituted double bonds more stable."
"Her professor is asking them to draw resonance structures of imaginary organic compounds that can't exist. Naturally, the resonance structures go from bad to ridiculous. I went over the problems and explained what a good resonance structure was and how to deal with ranking the stability of these ridiculous ones. We then began going over acidity and basicity."
"In this session, we focused on stereochemistry and conformational analysis of organic compounds. We went over the differences between enantiomers, diastereomers and other isomers. She got the hang of the material during the session and did a good job in the questions that she had that were online."
"It was really nice working with the student again! I think that the most important thing to remember today is how we went from Newman to Fischer projections. Drawing the Newman projection or making a molecular model are probably the best ways to go. It seems that he is doing very well on energy, entropy, and transition states. Just remember that endergonic reactions can have negative Gibbs free energies even though they have positive enthalpies. When naming two compounds as enantiomers, diastereomers, or the same compound, remember that moving the two to form a mirror image will often tell you whether a compound is an enantiomer or diastereomer. "
"She and I had a good session. She received scores for her test she had earlier this week. She received a B, and is happy with the improvement she has been making since last semester. We reviewed questions from the test, and we were able to identify the gaps in her knowledge. We then started working on new material that deals with carboxylic acids. "