Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed enolates, kinetic and thermal conditions in forming enolates, acidity of the alpha hydrogen, aldol additions, dehydration of the OH in acid/base and heat, clause condensation (adding an enolate to an ester), malonic ester synthesis, beta keto acids and decarboxylations, halogenating the alpha carbon in base or acidic conditions, and reactions with enamines."
"We reviewed some of the student's homework problems on chapter 23 and 24 talking about aldol, clause, forming enolates, and synthesis using esters to go to carboxylic acid groups. She needed help with starting some of the synthesis reactions and figuring out how many carbons to add to the molecule or take away for decarboxylation. She was very appreciative of the material covered. We will finish the rest of today's material on Wednesday and then move on to the final chapter on amines."
"We went over amines, their synthesis and reactions. We also went over example test questions. The final is tomorrow afternoon, so I told her to keep working and if she needed to, text me drawings of her synthesis questions, and I can text back corrections or mechanisms and so forth."
"In this session the student and I covered reactivity at the alpha carbon in ketones, aldehydes, esters, and carboxylic acids. Also in this lesson, she and I covered competition between the formations of thermodynamic and kinetic enolates. I highlighted points for her in approaching a problem such as first identifying where the nucleophilc and electrophilic centers of each molecule are. I left a problem set with her for practice which will be reviewed during our next lesson."
"We went over GC/MS and how compounds fragment and what charges they're given so that she could understand her lab. We then went through the lab together to determine the three unknown compounds she was given, and showed at each peak what fragment of the compound it was."
"Went through practice questions for exam. We discussed the concepts of aromaticity, allylic and benzylic bromination, retrosynthesis and forward synthesis of Diels-Alder reactions, multistep synthesis and imine formation."