Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first review session in preparation for the student's final exam. We reviewed nomenclature, stereochemistry, and worked through multistep synthesis problems. She is going to do some of the problems from her textbook, and we will go over them together tomorrow. She is on track to do well on her exam. I'm pleased with the extent of her understanding of the material."
"This was our last session of the semester, as the student's final is later today. We went over additional problems on a practice exam that he had provided during our last session. We covered reactions like dehydrohalogenation, hydrohalogenation with and without trace peroxides, epoxide formation with mCPBA, hydroxylation, and the stereochemistry of the products based on the mechanisms."
"Today was focused on preparation for the exam. We reviewed oxidation and reduction with mechanisms, oxidation cleavage, why PCC stops at an aldehyde, the Wittig reaction, reactivity of carbonyls, what makes a carbonyl reactive, which carbonyls can do acyl substitution, and nitriles hydrolysis."
"Today we covered common alkene and alkyne reactions in order to prepare for the student's midterm. He was very attentive and receptive throughout the session and asked questions. By the end of the session, he felt more confident and comfortable with the material, which I believe is an indication that the tutoring session went well. I encouraged him to make flashcards of the reaction in order to facilitate their memorization."
"Today we covered reactions of dienes. We discussed halogenation and Diels-Alder mechanisms along with working some examples of each. We discussed 1,4 vs. 1,2 addition in terms of when each is preferred and why."
"Today we mostly focused on more practice with distinguishing Sn1, Sn2, E1, E2, and other types of reactions. I think the student is really getting the hang of it! We also covered a little bit about what makes a solvent protic or aprotic, and talked about carbocation rearrangement."