Written Organic Chemistry Lessons

Organic Chemistry Help Without the Hassle of Scheduling Meetings

What is a Written Lesson?

Can you imagine waking up in the morning, opening your email, and seeing the answers to your questions in your mailbox? Well, that’s what written lessons are all about!

Most students do not have much time during the day to schedule a meeting with a tutor. Finding a time for a meeting that works for you and the tutor may be a real hassle. Yet sooner or later every student will come across a concept or a question that will leave them frustrated because you just can’t figure it out. What happens when you don’t have a luxury of extra few hours to work on a single problem? Are you going to schedule a tutoring meeting for just a few quick questions? Forget about it and hope it won’t show up on the test?

In addition to one-on-one and small group tutoring I offer written lessons to accommodate your busy schedule and help you out you have just a few (or more than a few) questions. Most students in my experience can learn a ton by studying worked examples. It’s usually quite easy to see what’s going on in a reaction or a mechanism when you have a worked example in front of you. Frankly, most students don’t need me to sit with them and voice over the mechanisms or reactions while I’m writing those out during the tutoring session.

Is a Written Lesson a Good Choice for You?

Written lessons are a good option if you

  • learn best from worked problems and examples
  • have a busy schedule and don’t have much time for tutoring meetings
  • understand fundamentals are can figure out what’s going on based on worked examples
  • need feedback on your work rather than explanation from ground zero
  • prefer to study at your own time and pace

You may want to opt for one-on-one tutoring meetings if you

  • have plenty of time in the middle of the day for tutoring meetings
  • struggling with the material and need a tutor to work through every detail with you
  • learn best in an interactive Q&A environment

How Does It Work?

Categorize your questions carefully and submit the form on this page. Once you submit the form, you’ll receive a follow-up email with further instructions on how to format your questions. Send me your questions by replying to the follow-up email and go on with your day! I’ll prepare a written lesson for you and email it back to you.

Please note that the written lessons are limited to a typical organic chemistry course topics only!

Written Organic Chemistry Lesson Request Form


How to Properly Categorize the Questions

Different instructors structure their practice sets and examples in different ways. So, here are some guidelines you can use to properly categorize questions.

Predict the product/reagents questions are a simple “put a structure in a box” types of questions. So, if you have a reaction sequence, I count each “box” as a separate question. Same applies to questions where you need to rank species according to their acid-base properties, nucleophilicity, etc.

Detailed stepwise mechanism or conceptual questions are questions where you need to provide a detailed mechanism for a reaction or write a short paragraph explaining some observation or phenomenon. If a question has two parts, one to predict the product and the other to explain your reasoning, I count this as two questions: one is predicting the product, and the second is a conceptual question.

Spectroscopy questions (structure based on the spectra) are pretty straightforward: you have a spectrum and you either need to assign the signals to the groups of atoms in your molecule, or to determine the structure based on the spectroscopic data.

Synthesis questions are the ones where you must come up with a multi-step synthetic route to make a new compound from given starting materials. Those are the trickiest questions as there are always multiple correct answers. For such questions, I’ll show you one or two methods using typical sophomore organic chemistry reactions. I’ll also specify if a certain method is better or more efficient or what your instructor is more likely to expect you to use for transformations like that.

If you have questions how to properly categorize your examples, you can always send me a message and I’ll be happy to clarify that for you based on your specific examples.