Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on free radical halogenation and the relative selectivities for bromination and chlorination. We also went over the initiation, propagation, and termination steps. We then looked at stereochemistry, and will do more of that this evening."
"We worked on modification of benzene side groups, and nucleophilic substitutions of aromatic compounds. We also covered reducing NO2 to NH2 and a carbonyl compound out. Synthesis of benzene derivatives, and lots of practice problems."
"During this session, the student and I focused on making sure her lecture notes made sense, since she voiced concern that the PowerPoint lecturing style this week felt less effective. We walked through each slide that was presented, and tried to fill in the gaps where further explanations were missing. Key concepts included naming ethers, IR spectra, and NMR spectroscopy (chemical shifts). She and I also spent time walking through her problems, and made sure she understood not only the answer to the problems, but also the logic behind how we were generating the answers."
"During this session, we covered Chapter 18 material on ethers. We did several practice problems together. The student had some confusion with epoxides (formation, opening, and nomenclature), but I believe we cleared that up during the session. She does very well when I'm doing problems with her, asking her questions to prompt her to the next step, but feels intimidated when trying to approach a problem by herself. We are making progress, however, and I have already noticed an improvement in her confidence and organic chemistry problem-solving abilities."
"I had the pleasure of working with this bright and motivated student for a few sessions of Organic Chemistry. The student was interested in brushing up on her understanding of the different classifications of organic molecules, with large focus on her struggles with structural identification. The topics covered included carboxylic acids, carbohydrates, esters, ethers, amines, and amides. Examples were given of each of these classes, and we had a brief discussion of applications within the field of embalming. Partial and full oxidation of alcohols to form aldehydes and carboxylic acids were demonstrated and helped her to better understand the differences between these basic forms, which laid a foundation for her to build her memorization for the final exam coming up. The student expressed a positive outlook going into her exam, stating that she feels much better after her introduction to this online experience."
"I introduced the student to the first couple chapters of organic chemistry. She did well with the Lewis structures and spatial relationships and hybridization."