Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Continuing from the last session, the student and I went through a set of questions. We discussed every aspect of each question--before solving it--to make sure he understood the concept and could solve similar problems on his own."
"We went over reaction mechanisms, stereo-specific reactions, electrophilic addition to double bonds in the presence of peroxide, other double bond additions, formation of bromonium ion, electrophilic addition to benzene and activating/deactivating groups, ortho/para vs meta directors, tosylation, and carbocation rearrangement."
"We worked on understanding the difference between substitution and elimination reactions. We focused on using the differing conditions to determine which reaction would provide the majority of the products. We then worked on a practice exam in order to practice the material."
"The student and I spent the majority of our session going over her second exam - on which she performed much better than the first! She demonstrated marked improvement in both her knowledge of the material, as well as in her strategic approaches to challenging problems. We spent a greater amount of time walking through the questions she missed and made sure she understood how to complete these questions in the future. We also noticed that a large number of the questions that she had trouble with came from her lecture notes so we made some new plans for exam preparations. I was really proud of her after this meeting."
"Today I worked with the student to help her on her organic chemistry lab. We worked on the prelab assignment due tomorrow. We began by reading the entire lab information sheets and then answering the ten questions assigned. The lab was on extracting DNA from wheat germ and the questions quizzed students on the pre-reading and general understanding of lab procedures and steps."
"We reviewed SN2 and E2 reactions as well as polymerization of alkenes. In prep for his exam we did review problems of the past three sessions that we had touching on aspects of mechanisms that the student had questions about. I explained how polymers can branch via backbiting and some tips for him to recognize mechanisms on his exam."