Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed for the student's final exam tomorrow. We covered specific questions, mass spec, NMR, amine reactions, Hoffman rearrangements, acids and base comparisons, pKas, nitrogen hybridization. I also recommended other review material and practice problems."
"For this session, we looked over various alcohol reactions, such as how to convert alkenes into alcohols and how to convert alcohols into better leaving groups for substitution/elimination reactions. The student did not have very much trouble with these practice problems, although I did notice that she still needs to practice memorizing some of her reactions and Sn1/Sn2 conditions. She is about 85-90% proficient, but that extra practice will allow her to ace her upcoming final exam. She seems to benefit very much from our sessions, as she continually expresses how much better she understands the material, even after just one session. Her improvement is also evident as I see her answer questions on her own that she previously had issues with."
"Today was our concluding session. We continued to work on the review for the final and tried to review some of the concepts that were important. We covered amino acids and their formation, protection of the N and C terminal, and how one would make peptides. We also reviewed the mechanism for the pyrrole formation as one of the examples of a heterocycle formation. We then advanced forward and reviewed Grignard reactions. I was delighted to have her as a student."
"The student and I worked more on her preparation for her final. First, we went over the problems she missed on her last exam that was just handed back. Then, we dealt with the topics of chapter 11 in her textbook, mainly electrophilic addition. I helped her get a grasp on certain topics that seemed vague, while helping her decipher what content is most imperative to her understanding versus the elaborative information that is not vital to understand the concepts she will need to know for her exam."
"We covered a lot of organic chemistry concepts, such as acids/ bases, polar vs nonpolar compounds, trans esterification, saponification, hydrolysis, assigning stereochemistry (R vs S, enantiomers vs diastereomers, Fischer projections), alcohol reactions, and alkene synthesis. We did not have enough time to go into the fundamental concepts that are essential to avoid memorization of organic chemistry which can lead to poor test results. I hope our session today gave her the boost to pass the upcoming final exam."
"We covered chapter 3 topics on different types of isomers, enantiomers vs. diastereomers, R and S configurations, and drawing equatorial and axial on chair conformations and Newman projections. The student understood the main concepts very well, but struggled with a few of the details like drawing a chair for a tri substitution. The student was very appreciative of the material covered. I started talking about the two different stereoisomers towards the end and will review on the next session. He is feeling more comfortable and confident with the material."