Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I went over some study materials that were provided by his professor for his test on Feb. 14. His exam will be mainly on spectroscopy, so we focused our attention on that. We went over about 5 exam-style problems where UV, HNMR and IR spectral data were provided and a structure was requested. I began by walking him through the first problem asking him what his thoughts were about each piece of information. I led the way on this example. For the next problem, I had him make most of the inferences and determinations, while I commented and hinted. The next problems were done by the student; I guided him as little as possible. I asked him to explain his logic for each determination, so if correct he would solidify his reasoning and if wrong he would see where the mistake was made. I encouraged him to practice problem sets on his own to better prepare for the exam. I told him there are a multitude of examples online and referred him to a particular website, where there are many spectroscopy practice problems. If he puts in adequate study time this week to prepare, he should manage a B."
"The student and I went over cell signaling from local to long-distance. We discussed the activation of a few major cell pathways. We then started on the immune system."
"Covered homework problems on capacitance and resistance. The student was able to complete the problems on her own once I helped her see the first step."
"We got ourselves oriented and discussed the student's needs. For the next several weeks, we will be focusing on chemistry until his final on July 6th. After that, we will switch to ACT. Today, we went over strategies for balancing reactions. Remember to make a table to keep track of the number of each element, and then to balance each element or ion starting with the ones that appear least frequently."
"On Sunday, we covered Acids and Bases for her quiz on Monday. There was an immense amount of improvement from last week. We went over titration problems that her teacher gave her, as well as ones that I composed for practice. We even worked through some of the tougher titration questions that required 6 steps instead of just 3."
"We spent time reviewing and completing random, unfinished problems. We focused on the effects of changes in mediums on rays of light and the light spectrum and the required reactionary radiation to ionize hydrogen particles."