Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met this morning for one hour. We mainly covered molecular orbital theory. We also covered Diels-Alder concepts and went over her lecture notes. The student has been doing an awesome job and is putting a lot of effort in organic chemistry. She has her 2nd midterm next week and will do excellent."
"Today's session focused on proton NMR - briefly on the concepts underlying how proton NMR works and more in depth on how one actually goes about interpreting HNMR read outs to determine the proper structure of a molecule. I left the students with some practice problems from her book."
"We began going over an old exam that her professor posted. She was a little rusty on the fundamentals. However, as we began getting into the problems a light sparked, and it began to come back to her. She really seemed to excel as we progressed through the problems needing less and less help. It was wonderful to see her put together past patterns and concepts from the semester before with new information we have recently been studying. I believe she has a very good understanding of the Diels-Alder reaction, and I am looking forward to nailing down the final concepts in tonight's session."
"We went over how the test went and what topics we will cover for the next text. Also we went over study skills for test preparation. We also covered dehydration mechanisms and oxidation reactions with alcohols. The student is going continue to practice problems in the book as well as examples in his notes."
"We reviewed aromaticity and Huckel's Rule. We reviewed how to handle heteroatoms in aromatic rings. We discussed naming aromatic compounds and when to name a compound as a substituted benzene versus having the benzene ring as a substituent. We went over a few of spectroscopic features of aromatic rings. I will send a few practice spectroscopy problems, and two websites that have Spectroscopy information and an IR frequencies table."
"We covered Diels-Alder reactions, chirality, aromaticity, and finished with reactions to substituted benzenes. I provided practice problems, and some study suggestions. I think the meeting went very well, and that she will do well on the test."
"We worked on understanding the concept of IR spectroscopy. We learned how to use this method to distinguish different isomeric compounds. We then began to discuss mass spectrometry and using it in combination with IR to further elucidate the structure of compounds."
"We began her next section of Organic Chemistry today. We covered the foundations of conjugated systems and Diels-Alder reactions, then we worked through some examples together. This weekend, she will send me a C-NMR problem, which she missed on her test, and I will review it. We will meet again on Tuesday to study Biology."
"The student and I did a packet of IR spectra problems and finished with some NMR review. He was quite proficient with IR to begin with, and showed a lot of improvement with NMR from our first session when we last covered it."
"Today we took an in depth look at electrophilic aromatic substitution. We discussed the mechanism, the formation of activated complexes, and the resonance effects that influence the rates of the reaction for different substrates. The student seemed to have a good understanding of these concepts. We also reinforced concepts such as E1 and addition reactions for the first organic chemistry."
"The student and I worked on preparing for his quiz coming up next week. We did several problems on carboxylic acids and their derivatives. He has shown significant improvement and confidence in the problems."
"We covered Diels Alder Reactions and Aromaticity. I walked the student through the mechanism and explained why to do certain things and why not to. He had to finish his homework as well as read up on the new chapter covering aromaticity."