Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over resonance structures both major and minor and determining the difference. We also worked on how to draw out line angle structures and how to determine connectivity. She struggled the most with how to convert a written-out structure to its drawing. Despite any difficulties she had, she remained very optimistic and she seemed to gain some understanding and confidence with drawing out structures."
"We went over some of the questions the student had about the problems I had assigned him the week before. We then reviewed more of the resonance rules and looked at different examples. Afterwards, we started the next chapter on acid base reactions. We went over the four factors that determine the acidity of a molecule and worked on different problems that tested this knowledge. I gave him a PDF version of the textbook we are using, and also showed him a table of pKa values to memorize (important for this chapter)."
"We went over the rest of the student's practice test, which involved stereochemistry, Newman projections, Fisher projections, energy diagrams, drawing isomers, enantiomers, diastereomers, E and Z alkenes and naming of alkanes, alkenes, and cyclic and bicyclic compounds."
"We went over the student's practice exam in preparation for her test tomorrow. It encompassed substitutions, eliminations, and Grignards. In particular, we reviewed how to determine whether an Sn2, E2, Sn1, or E1 is favored. She continues to be a pleasure to work with, and I wish her the best of luck for her exam tomorrow!"
"We went over the student's previous lab test and classroom test. She missed a few questions, and we discussed why she missed those specific questions. In addition, we went over her new class material on nitrogen synthesis reactions. She is struggling with the content a bit, but I left her to go over the material. She is currently working on a practice test, and she will have it completed before our next session."
"We went over the transesterification and hydrolysis mechanisms (very similar, only reagents change), a little stereochemistry with stereoselectivity (specifically SN1 and SN2 stereoselectivity rules), and electrophoresis and paper/thin layer chromatography. I also had the student do a couple of practice problems, where she showed the products and mechanisms of transesterification and a double hydrolysis. Next Wednesday is planned to be a review, as the final is scheduled for next Thursday, and I instructed her to bring concepts she has issues with. As far as performance, she is doing extremely well in mastering the concepts covered in class. She is confident in her ability to not only pass, but do well, in her quizzes. I am sure she will get a good grade in the class if she continues to study as she has been, in addition to our tutoring sessions."