Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered naming organic structures: alkane chains and cycles, bicycles, alkenes, alkynes, and basic substituents. We also went over intermolecular forces, solvents, and nucleophilic substitutions. We ended the session with an introduction to Fischer projections."
"Today we discussed his lab and materials for his exam. We talked about polymerization in terms of the possible products and how cross linking of chains give polymer properties. We also discussed mechanism of polymerization as well as reaction conditions in the reactions. Lastly, we reviewed questions from Lecture regarding bonding and anti-bonding orbitals (briefly discussing MO theory)."
"Today we discussed stereochemistry and went through the conceptual basis of how to determine stereogenic centers. The student and I also discussed how to use model kits to determine the answer to stereochemical problems. She felt much better after having the concepts explained. A diagram of how the ideas related to one another was worked out on the whiteboard for her and she said it was very useful for her notes. The lesson went very well."
"Today we focused on NMR in order to get the student ready for her quiz tomorrow. We worked through the practice problems she had trouble with in her review packet. She had the most problems with different formatting in questions (chart vs. graph, etc), as well as with drawing a possible compound when given an NMR spectra. I took her through each of the questions she got wrong in a step by step process, focusing on extracting information from the question, table, or graph, and translating them into clues to help her deduce the correct answer. She noticeably increased her skills and confidence from each problem we did together to the next."
"Today we learned about radical induced reactions and how to draw the mechanistic steps of initiation, propagation, and termination. After that, we spent the rest of the lesson working on practice problems revolving around alkene addition reactions. I left the student with extra practice problems to work out on her own at home. We will go over these problems next session. So far, she seems to be understanding the material quite well. It seems like she will easily be able to master alkene addition reactions with additional practice problems."
"Today we reviewed for the upcoming exam. We covered more advanced Grignard reactions (excess reagents and diol formation), retrosynthesis with Grignards, reduction and oxidation quick review, and keto-enol-diol equilibrium. We also went over adding and removing protective groups ketals and acetals chemistry, how to apply protective groups in synthesis problems, as well as a quick review."