Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2 in depth. Also, we started getting into aryl halides (Chapter 9) and discussed synthesis of alkenes (Chapter 6). Several practice problems were discussed; also I am going to send a list of practice problems for the student to work on."
"We went over ester distillation and an oil distillation lab. The student was struggling with some of the general chemistry concepts, but she seemed to understand the material once we went over it. She seemed positive about learning the material. For extra practice, I had her go over her upcoming class lessons."
"We went over hybridization and Lewis structures again before covering acids and bases. In our review of the latter concept, we also discussed resonance, induction, and hyperconjugation. The student has a quiz tomorrow, so we reviewed chapters 1 and 2 in the textbook to help him prepare. He is doing fairly well with the material; he should continue to practice drawing Lewis structures and resonance structures, as he continues to have a bit of difficulty with them. He should also review his notes on hybridization and practice identifying the hybridization of various atoms in different molecules. He should also thoroughly review electrophiles and nucleophiles before his quiz."
"We went over lipids, aromatic resonance structures, nucleophilic amines, and expanded stereochemistry to include chiral centers in ring structures. She has a quiz on Tuesday and get her final on Thursday, so the remainder will be review to try to nail down those concepts she struggles with. She has continued to do very well in this subject and I suspect she will do very well on her final."
"We went over naming, including common names (iso, sec, cis/trans, etc.), IUPAC rules, and CIP rules for E/Z. The student hasn't had any exams yet, but he emailed me ahead of time with material (naming compounds) that he was struggling on so that I could focus on it. He was able to grasp nomenclature much better at the end of our session."
"We went over Newman projections, the rules for drawing them, and worked on a few examples. We also reviewed chair conformations, axial and equatorial substituents, and ring flipping. We also briefly went over the R and S indications. He seemed to be rather comfortable with the material."