Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered specific questions about the practice problems, specifically: aromaticity rules, problems, tips, electrocyclization, some synthesis practice problems, epoxides, and acid base reactions based on aromaticity."
"Exam 1 Preparation: Alkanes, Newman Projections, Halogenation of Alkanes via Free Radical Mechanism, Cycloalkanes, Carbocation formation/stability, Free Radical Stability, Carbanions, Reaction Coordinate Diagram for Halogenations, and the thermodynamics of its major and minor products."
"In this session we finished covering the Grignard reactions looking at the limitation and uses. We also looked a lot at ketones and aldehydes reduction using sodium borohydride and lithium aluminum hydride, also covering the reaction with the esters. We finished the session talking about Williamson ether synthesis, and Swern oxidation."
"We quickly reviewed electronic configurations, Lewis structures, MO's, and Hybridization. I will be sending the student extra notes on Frontier MO theory. We also covered resonance, arrow-pushing, alkane nomenclature, conformational analysis, Newman projections, and isomerism (enantiomers and diastereomers). The student is very bright and picks up on what I am explaining to him very quickly. He was very attentive and actively asked questions when he wasn't sure about a concept. We decided that he'll focus on the practice homework and exam questions his professor provided for him to reinforce his understanding of the material as similar problems will come up for his exam on Monday."
"Today we went over formation and hydrolysis of tert-butyl chloride, as well as the kinetics associated with this (and more generally, with the formation of carbocations). We also spent some time talking about oxidation of alcohols. Like we mentioned, methanol decomposes to formaldehyde and formic acid, and the citric acid cycle isn't well suited to dealing with those compounds, which is why MeOH is so dangerous to imbibe."
"The main idea behind today's session was focused around electrophilic addition/substitution and the resonance structures associated with ortho/para/meta addition. She only struggled for a while on how the resonance structures of the intermediate compounds were supposed to look like. By the end of the session she had a better grasp of how to relocate the double bonds within the aromatic compounds."