Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is doing a fantastic job so far. She does what I assign her (one of the things she has to do every week is to memorize 4 amino acids, and she is doing that). This week, she had a little bit of trouble remembering the radical reactions, which perhaps stems from a lack of understanding from the session before. In order to make sure she understood everything, I went over the radical reactions again and made sure she understood everything before covering new material. We covered SN1 and SN2 reactions which were more theoretical and conceptual before actually going into the examples involving the types of reactions. Lastly, we also covered the rules of aromaticity, which will serve as a great foundation for when we go into reactions involve benzene!"
"The student is just starting organic chemistry, so we went over Lewis electron dot structures and how to draw and name alkane structures, including the condensed formula, the molecular formula, and the line structure."
"The student was struggling in a general sense of how to study for the upcoming test. By looking at the pace of the student's class, the subject material was very advanced and daunting for any beginning student. To remedy this, the student and I reviewed as much material as we could including chair conformers, acid base ranking, Newman projections, and radical halogenation."
"The student was very receptive and seemed excited to be able to figure out how reactions of acid chlorides worked. It was a pleasure working with him and he got over what he was struggling on. He was having issues with figuring out synthetic reactions of carboxylic acid chlorides, so we discussed lots of problems and decided to go through mechanism and synthesis problems. The lesson was successful."
"The topics that we covered included revisiting ethers and epoxides, 1,2 and 1,4 addition, and conjugated systems. We also planned a studying strategy that involved doing more of the problems in the reading. We plan to continue with aromatic compounds and their substitution reactions."
"This session was a review for the student's final exam. We covered questions regarding electrophiles and nucleophiles. We also covered aromaticity, as the student struggled when to use the lone pairs on nitrogen as part of aromaticity. This was clarified for the student until the student was confident about aromaticity of heterocyclic compounds. In addition, we went through the mechanism of Robinson annulation with a given example. Most the questions raised by the student were clarified."