Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a quick session this morning before the final so she could review any last minute material that she was still struggling with. We went through a bunch of practice questions quickly, and she knew how to do every single one of them. It helps her test anxiety when she sees that she does actually know how to solve the problems and builds her confidence up. We went over the nomenclature for chemical formulas a bit more because messing up on the chemical formulas could cost her points on a lot of different types of problems. She seemed confident and ready for her test, and she even told me that the mole problems were fun (this is a huge win for her!)."
"This was a good one hour session. We reviewed for an upcoming test before Spring Break. We discussed ionic bonds, molecular bonds, molecular geometry, valence electrons, the gas laws, state changes, stoichiometry, mole to mole, mole to mass, and mole to volume conversions, and the physical properties of solids and liquids. Most of the time was spent reviewing old exams and question clarity."
"On Wednesday, the student and I worked on Chemistry and Algebra II. For chemistry, the student is starting a new unit based on solutions and properties of different types of solutions. We focused on a homework assignment, focusing just on the basic definitions of different solutions. For as simple as they sound, solutions can actually be quite confusing, so I concentrated on finding examples of each different type of solution seen in everyday life to help the student visualize it. For Algebra II, we worked on making a note card for an upcoming test. It seemed that the student had a very good understanding of the material on the test and was just a little confused about some of the graphs. I was able to graph some of the equations on software just to use as a visualization tool, and what he'll need know in order to graph it on paper."
"The student has a quiz on the body systems today, so we spent the tutor session yesterday reviewing the body systems using a 3D body systems model online. He is very creative and likes to talk through concepts, however this can often end up distracting him from the focal material. By the end of the session I tested him a little by asking questions about each system without letting him refer to the digital model, and he was able to correctly answer all of my questions. I think that he is fully capable of doing well in this test, as long as he maintains concentration."
"This session we worked on the addition of Grignard to esters, and the cyclization of alcohol esters to give lactones. We worked on mechanisms for the formation of acetals, hemiacetals, hydrazones and the hydrolysis of acetals, hemiacetals and hydrazones. We worked thru the mechanism of a Wittig reaction and started on kinetic versus thermodynamic enolates."
"We continued prep for the student's final. A major theme was Grignard reagents, and alkyllithium reagents."