Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered carboxylic acid derivatives and conversion to each of the different groups. We covered Claisen and Aldol reactions and how to identify the products and starting materials for these reactions. I will send some additional practice problems."
"This session, we went through some practice problems in preparation for the student's exam on Wednesday. In particular we focused on some of the higher-yield reaction mechanisms and how to predict the products of certain reactions based on reagents."
"Test review for mid-term covering stereochemistry, radical halogenation, Sn1, and Sn2 reactions. Mechanism for radical halogenation, selectivity for different halogens at room temperature, loss of selectivity for radical halogenation at high temperatures. Factors that determine whether substitution will occur via Sn1 or Sn2, mechanisms for each. Went over homework problems that student had thought were difficult, discussed how polar protic solvents hinder Sn2 and encourage Sn1 through solvent association effects."
"We covered a number of topics that will be on the student's upcoming exam. Some reactions we covered were acylation, alkylation and esterification, among others."
"We reviewed enols and aldols. Her test is tomorrow, so we reviewed practice test problems and concepts. She is in good shape for her test tomorrow."
"Today we reviewed definitions of acids and bases in relation to carbonyls, ring structures, and electronegative atoms."
"We covered E2 and did multiple examples, making double bonds, dehydrogenation of triple bonds, and a summary."
"During this session, we went over the student's homework and reviewed mechanisms and synthetic processes involving carbonyl compounds."
"In the last session with the student, we covered the question on her latest exams and looked at questions from her previous exams in order to prepare her for her final exam. We went through nearly all the questions, and the main problem appeared to be significant amount of reactions that need to be memorized. Also, in the last exam, a mechanism question which had not been tested on any of the other previous exams was present on the test, making the exam more challenging. During the session, we worked through several concepts question, which the student was able to solve. A lot of memorization will be required for the final exam, and I think he will have more time to handle the information for the final test."
"We went over carbonyl additions and enolate reactions again, as well as drilled problems to aid in mastery of the subject."
"Everything regarding lipids and a few questions the student had regarding the difference between glucose and sucrose she did well with. For tomorrow, I will test her newly acquired knowledge of polar covalence. We also need to go over proteins as well."
"Good overall discussion about study habits and keys to success. Reviewed lecture notes, acids and bases, resonance, induction, steric hindrance, and introduced functional groups. Completed two worksheets, one on acids and bases and another on resonance structures."