Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we reviewed some questions from one of the student's past tests. She is improving on the idea of net forces and adding up forces. In this session, we covered tension, Newton's laws, and friction."
"In this session, we reviewed the final study guide for the exam on Thursday. We went over the whole study guide, and we went over three practice quizzes that the student's teacher posted online for them to study from."
"Today, the student and I went over even more multiple choice problems for his test on Friday. I think if he really works on studying, he will be in great shape for his test. We are going to meet again tomorrow, and I am going to test him and go over some more practice problems."
"Today, we covered multi-step synthesis reactions, particularly those concerning transformation of alkynes. The student confused two very similar reagents (NaNH2 and Na/NH3), but by the end of the session, she was able to distinguish between the two of them and use them correctly. She seems more comfortable with reactions, so I would say this was a successful session!"
"Today, we focused on the aldol, Claisen, and Michael addition mechanisms. I emphasized differences and similarities between the reactions and showed the student a different way to add the molecules together. We went over the section with the Robinson annulment, which combines both the aldol and Michael. I also brought up synthetic approaches where relevant."
"Today, we went over halogenation mechanisms, including how to determine the major product(s). We then worked on some synthesis problems that were a bit difficult for the student. Multi-step syntheses are difficult for most students, but I tried to give her some tips on how to approach them. I told her to think about the functional group she has and try to come up with all the ways she knows how to convert that functional group into something else. These types of problems simply take time and practice. The ones we did go over today involved the following reactions: halogenation, dehydrohalogenation, Grignard reagents, formation of epoxides, nucleophilic attack of epoxides, and hydrogenation reactions."