Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We reviewed all of Chapter 22, Enolate and Enamine reactions. We began by reviewing the central concept of how an enol is formed by reaction with an acid or base, their character as Nucleophiles, and how to drive reactions forming them to completion. We then reviewed the chemistry of Enamines. At this point, we began the new reactions, showing how they just reworked the same themes of creating enols and having them attack "victim" compounds, often carbonyls. I did what I could to show commonalities to reduce the memorization the student will need to do. [PROGRESS]: The student seems to have improved in her ability to focus on the concepts. The conceptual understanding she has achieved will also serve her well on the MCAT. [CHALLENGES]: She had a few questions about understanding the reason behind several assertions made in class, many of which I had anticipated, and all of which I was able to answer and the student was able to understand. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: I left my notes with the student, per usual, until she would need them again."
"This week, the student and I began studying for her test on Monday on solutions. We discussed the hydrogen bonding in water and the properties of water that are due to that (specific heat, boiling point, low density of ice, etc.). We talked about the different types of solutions (saturated, unsaturated, and supersaturated) and how solutions differ from suspensions and colloids. We talked about how solubility of solutes can be affected (temperature, agitation, particle size) and interpreted a graph of solubility vs temperature of different solutes. We went over electrolytes quickly as well. In class, the student had gone over much of the calculations for molarity, molality, and dilutions. We did a problems in the time we had left, and I left her to do the rest on her review and to call me if she ran into any problems in the calculations."
"We completed an entire chapter review on acids and bases for the student's test. We covered everything from pH, pOH, [H+], [OH-], and equilibrium constant calculations to theoretical changes to the products and reactants in an acid base reaction. The student needed practice in order to fully gain conceptual understanding. I did indeed leave him 5 extra critical thinking problems."