Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I went over her two practice tests for her exam on Wednesday. She is doing very well with IR/NMR problems, so we focused on some mechanisms and synthesis reactions. We might meet again on Wednesday morning before her exam if she has more questions."
"Today, we mainly covered ways in which to approach retrosynthesis problems and reviewed some alkene and alkyne reactions. The student had a fairly good understanding of the material prior to the session and clarified the unclear bits as the session progressed. He left feeling less intimidated about the retrosynthesis questions. Like always, he was attentive and receptive, and he asked questions. Overall, the session was successful!"
"We began review for the student's midterm. The subjects covered from Chapters 1-3 were drawing organic structures, naming organic structures, reactions of alkenes, isomers, molecular orbital theory, valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory, and molecular hybridization. This review session was helpful for the student, as it helped reinforce the material recently covered from later chapters."
"We continued going over the student's practice test in preparation for her last test and final. Her course has taken a sharp left turn into biochemistry, complete with phospholipids, glycosidic linkages, and Fischer and Haworth projections. I advised her to continue with her flashcards and a dry erase boards. She has to be able to draw glucose, galactose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, and maltose, along with phospholipids, triglycerides, and fatty acids."
"We covered a lot of acid/base chemistry and how to predict whether an acid or base was going to be strong or weak. We went through quite a few ranking strategies and also keto-enol tautomerization. I tried to give her some quick and dirty tips for if she's struggling with time, like counting the number of oxygens to determine which is the most stable. I think she had a pretty solid understanding of her material and just wanted to brush up on a few new strategies."
"We covered additional material over SN2, SN1, E2, and E1 reactions, doing many practice problems and beginning to review the associated mechanisms while wrapping up with practice synthesis questions. The student knows what she needs to continue working on to do well on the test on Thursday. She also has plenty of practice problems to continue working through to help her succeed."