Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over alkynes and making acetylenes, making them and using them in synthesis problems. We also covered: dehydration and hydration reactions, making triple bonds, making cis and trans double bonds, E2 with small base vs E2 with bulky base vs E1 products, and the carbocation rearrangements-- hydrate shifts, methyl shifts, and ring opening shifts."
"Today we talked about carbohydrates, looking at Hawthorn and Fischer projections of different sugars. We also talked about reducing sugars and how Benedict's reagent can be used to determine whether a monosaccharide is a reducing sugar. The student's homework problems also looked at acetals and hemiacetals found within different sugar molecules. Lastly, we talked about glycosidic linkages that bond two sugar molecules together, discussing both alpha and beta anomers. This was a new concept for her, so we covered the basics today. She had more practice problems available to her online, so I told her that would be a good practice for her to review the material we went over today. Great job today!"
"We covered the reactions of alkynes. The student was initially deterred by the material. However, her attitude quickly changed to being very enthusiastic as we progressed through our session and she was able to grasp the material."
"The student and I went over some questions that she had regarding her organic chemistry course. I did my best to demystify some areas of particular difficulty. I believe that she would benefit greatly from carefully reading the relevant sections from her textbook to supplement the notes that she has been taking in class. I will also send her some study guides that I hope will help her."
"Today we spent all of our time on aromatic compounds. We went over the rules of how to determine what is aromatic, non and anti aromatic. The student is struggling most with the reactions that take place in organic chemistry. This is what we will cover in the next lesson."
"This session primarily focused on discussing alkyne reactions. We used the student's worksheet for practice, which covered synthesis schemes and individual reactions. She did well with the concepts once we went over them. It was just a matter of her practicing the content on her own in order for the material to properly set in. So far our sessions have gone very smoothly and I am very happy with her steady progress."