Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the material for the student's exam. Most of the questions were from the textbook. The questions were about chirality, absolute configuration, stereoisomers, elimination, substitution, and retrosynthesis. Those questions were clarified to the student."
"We discussed acidity, basicity, and how to determine the mechanisms in organic chemistry using basic knowledge. The student, while quite knowledgeable about basic principles, was struggling with applying them in solving advanced problems. Hence the focus of the session was to train him in diverging from a handful of simple concepts and using them to solve various problems. This, being the 1st session, was used mostly to understand the student's strong and weak points. The following sessions are going to be built upon this principle."
"We discussed different ways to draw compounds (line structures, condensed structures, etc.), functional groups, conjugation, resonance structures, arrow pushing, tautomers, MO theory, and valence bond theory. The student needed help with MO theory, valence bond theory, and drawing structures. I talked about how flashcards for some things will be really useful, and how simply doing as many practice problems as possible for other material will be really useful throughout the class. I mentioned which topics you'll see frequently throughout the year and which topics are typically only briefly covered. Her first exam is not until mid-September, and she has been giving me the lecture notes and other class related material, so I know what topics she will be covering next. She seems to be understanding most topics fairly quickly, and even when she struggles on a particular topic, she doesn't seem to struggle for long, and quickly catches on."
"We discussed electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic aromatic substitution, and the effects of substituent groups in these reactions. He had informed me that he didn't read all of the material, but I still expect to move onto the last chapter before his next exam. Daily review of the material will give him a better score on the next test."
"We discussed hybridization and resonance. We also touched on the concept of induction, and applied these three concepts to problems about acids/ bases and ionic/ covalent bonding. The student understands the concepts after they are repeated a few times, and after working on problems that apply those concepts. The foundational concepts of organic chemistry make sense to him, but he is needing help applying those concepts to problems. He should continue to go through practice problems in the textbook, and either read through the textbook or find other supplemental material that covers concepts he does not completely understand. We will continue to work on this."
"We discussed nomenclature, which had been covered at this level in general chemistry. We also discussed resonance structures, and went over the connection between resonance, stability, reactivity, and acids and bases. For next time, we'll plan to tackle 3D shapes of hydrocarbons, including rings, and we will need a model kit for that part. We'll meet up next Tuesday."