Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed problems that overlap concepts of Sn1 and Sn2 with E1 and E2. The student has a little trouble in deducing the mechanisms. However, this is a common difficulty that the student can overcome through hands on practice. We will continue to work on this."
"We reviewed reductions, NaBH4 vs. LiAlH4, Baeyer-Villiger rearrangement, Grignards, acyl substitutions, carboxylic acid derivatives and comparing their reactivities, keto-diol equilibrium and how that relates to esters, imines and enamines, practice problems, reaction mechanisms,Wolff-Kishner Reduction (NH2-NH2 and base), and reducing the C=N bond in an imine."
"We reviewed the student's homework worksheet, which covered reactions of alkynes and alkenes, including oxymercuration, borane addition, hydrogenation, and alkylation. We also went over substitution and elimination reactions."
"We started the session by going over last week's content on substitution and elimination reactions. The student had a few questions about practice problems that he had done, but after going over them in a systematic manner, he had a better comprehension of them. I advised him to make flashcards of the summary chart from the book. We then moved on to the next lesson on addition reactions. This was a rather dense chapter, and along with going over the content, we looked at several examples from each section to make sure that he really understood the material. I assigned him extra practice problems to do before our next session. We will continue to work on this chapter and continue to review past lessons."
"We started this session by the student, and I discussing her history with the subject, her goals for the class, and her confidence level with material. Moving on to actual content the student, and I looked at thermodynamics dealing reactions and equilibrium dealing reactions. The last portion of the session we spent going over specific Lewis acid/base reactions and Bronsted-Lowry acid/base reactions. The student seemed to have a better understanding of the material after going over each topic and is developing a very strong foundation with the material overall."
"We started today's lesson by going over practice problems that I assigned last session. Although corrections needed to be made, they were minor, and the student appears to have a better conceptual understanding of how to approach the problems now. Today we continued our discussion of alkene addition reactions. We discussed halogenation, halohydrin formation, ozonolysis, oxymercuration-reduction, and hydroboration oxidation. The student did not appear to struggly notably with any topic that was covered today. The student's attitude was very positive and receptive to the material that was reviewed today. As usual, I discussed the thought processes that she should have as she approaches any mechanism. This fosters conceptual understanding and retention rather than requiring her to memorize every reagent. She continues to demonstrate a solid understanding of the material discussed."