Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, the student and I went over thermochemistry with regards to calorimetry problems. She already knew what to do and was able to tackle the assignment with little assistance from me. The main focus of today's session was graphing sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, cosecant, and secant functions."
"We reviewed 4 chapters for the upcoming midterm. In Chapter 8, we reviewed bonding and types of bonds. In Chapter 9, we reviewed naming compounds and structure. In Chapter 10, we reviewed all aspects of using moles and conversions with empirical formulas. In Chapter 11, we reviewed the types of chemical reactions and balancing chemical equations. The student was tasked to complete the definitions of vocabulary for Chapter 8 to clarify concepts."
"Today went very well. We reviewed protein degradation and talked more specifically about the process. We discussed how amino acids are held together as a protein by peptide bonds. In the stomach, the hydrochloric acid denatures the protein so that it makes the peptide bonds more susceptible to cleavage by other enzymes in the stomach and small intestine. The student seems to be retaining a lot of the information that we have discussed over the past week and definitely learns from a more hands on process. In future sessions, we will capitalize on this learning style more."
"Student 1 was mostly done with his homework when I came over. We briefly discussed his reading log, and he realized he was missing an entry or two, and that he needed to do a little bit more reading. That taken care of, I spent the rest of my time with Student 2, who was finishing up his science fair project. His project consists of building towers out of Legos of different heights, and then testing how height affects the likelihood the tower will fall down when shaken. We successfully assembled a shake board, and then he spent the rest of the time building a tower."
"During this session we went over solubility. We spoke of mixtures, effects of temperature, pressure, surface area, precipitates, etc. We worked through her review packet and practiced problems from the study guide. Overall, this session went well."
"We covered nuclear chemistry, radioactivity, fission and fusion reactions, and half-life. Her attitude was very positive throughout the session. We went over her assigned homework, and I left her with assigned practice. She had 84% on her last test."
"This was a great session with the student! He is ready for his test. We reviewed limiting, access, and product to reactant ionic chemical reactions in aqueous solution. We reviewed synthesis, decomposition, single replacement, double replacement, and combustion reactions. We also were able to quantify products based on stoichiometric conversions between mole to mole and mole to mass calculations. We also explored significant figures so that all of our answers are as exact as scientifically possible. After about an hour or so review time, I presented him with an example test that he is finished in the remaining time. After grading with the exception of one conceptual error, he was ready. We reviewed ways to get both products so that we can determine which reactant is limiting. We addressed this matter and he said of his own volition that he thinks he will get an A!"
"We discussed epoxide chemistry and nucleophilic addition, diene chemistry, 1,2 and 1,4 addition to dienes with HCl and HBr. We also worked through problems with aromaticity such as how to identify aromatic rings, when a heteroatom contributes to aromaticity and reactions unique to aromatic rings."
"We reviewed for her final exam she will be taking tomorrow. We went over thermodynamic problems, pH problems and bonding. We went over her practice test to make sure we answered her specific question and understood them. She will continue to study for her exam. She had a great attitude."
"Today, the student and I briefly talked about time management for studying for the MCAT while taking her other classes, and we revised our strategy. Then we went over the first MCAT organic chemistry section on structure, bonding, and reactivity, and reviewed the passage answers, focusing on bond dissociation energy/strength/length."
"The student and I met for a third time this week since she will be going on Spring break and will have a test immediately after returning to school. Her class has been moving extra fast for this test since the teacher has been going off on tangents during class and not leaving enough time to cover the concepts that really need to be taught so the students can understand what is going on. Because of this, I encouraged her to read ahead for the last two sessions so that we can dive right into the concepts and she will have a bit of background to understand or ask questions. She is always very communicative about what she understands and what she needs help with so it makes our sessions much more efficient. We focused mainly on chapter 7 today which was on intermediates, naming alkenes, and some alkene reactions such as electrophilic addition of halogens, discussing Markovnikov's rule. Although this chapter is a big step up from the previous chapters in terms of its complexity, the student was able to follow right along and successfully answer supplemental questions and practice exercises. We then turned to the practice exam and filled out any questions that we could from chapter 5,6, and 7 but she is still worried about chapter 8 since the majority of the practice exam looks like it is from the last chapter. Since she will be out of town, I sent over my detailed notes from these four chapters including conceptual information, mechanisms, naming rules, etc... This way she will have a final review method prior to our next meeting which should be just before her test. Next time we meet, I will bring another practice exam written by the department so that she can work on a new test that she hasn't worked through yet and we will work on it in exam format (i.e. timed)."
"Today's session served as a review for the student's upcoming exam. We specifically focused on topics of carboxylic acid derivatives, using a packet of problems her teacher had provided. In addition to nomenclature, we covered topics of nucleophilic substitution, formation of acyl chlorides, anhydrides and amides. The student seemed to struggle with a few of the mechanisms within the chapter of carboxylic acid derivatives, so we focused on simplifying terms to remember common trends seen in the upcoming exam. We ended the session discussing methods to study, in which I recommended she continue to keep working on book problems that were not assigned in addition to packets, quizzes, and questions her teacher had provided. We then finished the session going over a few practice problems within her textbook."