Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed hybridization, conjugation, resonance structures, Lewis dot structures, and formal charges. The student is strongly suggested to review the General Chemistry. That will help save a lot of time."
"We reviewed aldol reactions and condensation of aldons, Dieckmann condensation, and Claisen condensation. The student is struggling with combining reactions in a synthesis chain. She has a good attitude toward the material covered. I included strategies for approaching aldol reactions. She was left with help on how to focus her studying."
"We reviewed keto enol equilibrium, enolates, kinetic vs. thermal conditions in forming enolates, aldol additions, aldol elimination products, rating acidity of the alpha carbon, enolates as nucleophiles, claisen condensation, malonic ester synthesis, esters to carboxylic acids, decarboxylation of beta-keto acids, drawing resonances, and drawing reaction mechanisms."
"We reviewed material that we covered in the last few sessions and then moved into elimination reaction mechanisms. She did pretty well once she learned how to visualize the reaction using her model kit."
"We reviewed some general chemistry topics that are most applicable to organic chemistry and some new topics that are not always discussed in general chemistry. These topics included Lewis dot structures, valence electrons, electron configurations, orbitals, hybridizations, steric number, formal charge, line structures, as well as a few tips on how to study for the course. The more difficult topic for the student was grasping hybridization and how to determine what type of hybridization each atom has. The session was prior to the student's first day of class, and she was very enthusiastic for our tutor session. By the end of the session, the student seemed confident in understanding the material we were able to cover."
"We reviewed some of the substitution concepts from last week. We then started the lesson on elimination reactions. We reviewed the differences between E1 and E2 reactions, what these mechanisms look like and how to predict how the reaction will proceed. We looked at a comprehensive review of the two chapters, and I strongly urged the student to continue to do practice problems and look at the chapter on his own."