Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over EAS again and looked at some reactions the student's professor taught in lecture. We then went over aldehydes and ketones, the ways to name them, and how they show up in spectroscopy."
"Reviewed for a test covering all nomenclature, synthesis of, and reactions of carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives."
"We continued to review understanding more complex spectroscopy problems. Now combining all of the spectroscopic data in order to deduce the structure of an unknown compound."
"We continued to go over NMR, which the student is getting quite good at figuring out by himself. I think he has basically reached proficiency in this skill as it can be very difficult to predict the spectra perfectly accurately."
"We continued to review new material today, working with the student's lecture notes. I had her predict each mechanism, which took a large part of our session, but I think this is a good tool and skill and something that helps her internalize and understand organic chemistry by making it her own. Instead of reading the book and regurgitating with possible mistakes, she is owning the material by predicting mechanisms and not simply reading them."
"During this session, electrostatics were reviewed by completing half of an online homework assignment on the topic."
"Today, the student and I covered chapter 40 with additional anatomy and physiology material. The student has a great attitude about learning the material. She also has a very good grasp on the material as well."
"We went through the student's circuits problems for his exam the next day. I then gave him more circuits to work on. I am very confident that he will do well on the exam."
"Went over the student's past exam, where she did very well. We also went through review problems on glycogen metabolism."
"The student and I worked through some practice problems involving energy conservation, work done by nonconservative forces, collisions, and centers of mass."
"Today we reviewed our topics from last session: formal charge, resonance, acid and base definitions. We also covered acid base strength, nomenclature, and Newman projections. The student understood the material we went over today. The student needed further understanding for arrow pushing. I gave the student a homework assignment of learning carbon alkanes 1-20. The student felt more confident about the material after we covered it today."
"We went over practice problems that the student had a hard time with. We focused on working through reaction mechanisms, so that she can logically think through the steps of a reaction. Many of the parts she struggled with had to do with conformation and bond rotation, so we practiced switching between the molecular models, diagrams, and using hands to visualize how the atoms are arranged in space during reactions."