Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Stereochemistry was covered today. We focused on a Fischer projection and how to rotate the ends of a Fischer projection. We then went over internal mirror planes and meso compound, chiral vs non-chiral compounds, diastereomers and enantiomers, and compounds that are chiral but have no chiral carbons."
"The student and I had a good session. She is working on Chapter 20 in her textbook dealing carbonyl chemistry, organometallic reagents, and oxidation and reduction reactions. Our next session is scheduled for Thursday."
"The student and I went over her study guide for her midterm that is coming up. We worked on stereoisomers, Fischer projections, and naming compounds and drawing structures. There were no concerns for this session. We will continue on Thursday."
"The student and I went through the kinetic and thermodynamic product. The rearrangement of carbocation to form 1,4-product was elaborated. In addition, we went through synthetic questions. Then we covered questions from her quiz, and I explained the concept for each question. By the end of the session, we covered retrosynthetic questions, as she requested."
"The student and I were working on problems to review for her test. These were mainly in stereochemistry, free radical halogenation (including energy diagrams), Hammond's postulate, and naming alkenes. The nomenclature problems are very difficult, as are the free radical questions. She needs more practice naming, especially E and Z with multiple bonds. We will continue to work on these."
"The student and I worked on recognizing polar bonds and polar molecules. From there, we looked at the different kinds of intermolecular forces, like dipole-dipole and hydrogen bonding. We talked about constitutional isomers and a systematic way of making sure you have drawn all of the possibilities. We finished by discussing factors that affect boiling points of molecules."