Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday, we studied for their biology test which is today. It covered tissues, organs, and the reproductive system. They knew almost all of the vocab they needed to know so they're in good shape for the test! We also reviewed some math for their test on Monday. We went over fractions, decimals, and percentages. They will continue to review in that manner this weekend."
"The student and I reviewed for her organic chemistry exam. We talked about Grignards, what can and cannot form a Grignard, why there cannot be any acidic Hs, what are acidic Hs, esters react twice, alcohol oxidations, Jones (chromium) vs PCC, review of oxidative cleavages, reducing agents NaBh4 vs LiAlH4 (or LAH), radical reactions, radical bromination vs chlorination, and radical addition of HBr to a double bond."
"We covered the first few chapters of the student's new book now that he has started his organic chemistry class with a new professor. The first chapters covered mostly general chemistry topics on acid and base strength, periodic table trends, ionic vs covalent bonds, and hybridization of orbitals. He was appreciative of the material covered as a good review for some old general chemistry topics. He will have his first exam in a few weeks, so we are preparing for it."
"We clarified some reactions that they were having issues with, mostly comforting them in their knowledge of the topic. Then we moved on to more fun and difficult topic of Diels-Alder reactions. Be sure to always start with the structure I showed you and remember which parts are the diene and dienophile. Starting with the same thing every time will help you get through these problems."
"I would like to say that it was a pleasure getting to worth with this student in our first session. Her positive attitude and willingness to contribute towards the session with questions and answers will make it very easy for me to help her. As far as the actual content of the session, we began by discussing orbital hybridization and how it relates to making bonds. She was able to correctly identify sp3, sp2, and sp orbitals, but what was especially difficult for her was understanding exactly where these electrons came from and how the s and p orbitals hybridize to make the new bonds. After using some color-coordinated visual aides, that seemed to help her out very much. We will be looking at some practice questions in our upcoming session."
"We went over reactions involving ketones, aldehydes, nucleophilic reactions, etc. We also went over the problems that she went over in class and on her previous exam, specifically mechanisms. She did well on her last exam and has been improving a lot on her organic chemistry."