Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday the student came prepared with the last of his English project- the reflections essay. This reflections essay was a 1-page paper in which he had to comment his personal thoughts on some aspect of the HP book. We edited it and kept a majority of it in his own language. We spent a great deal of time organizing his science study guide. This study guide is a list of concepts and subjects from the beginning of the semester until now. I expect him to read the several paragraphs on each subject- in some cases (such as 'volcanoes') he needs to read the whole chapter. He must type up the main points on each subject- no corners cut. For example, the subject 'Rocks' has amongst it 3 sub-types; each subtype needs to be defined, and pictures from the textbook need to be redrawn to show the rock stratification in the ground. Given that he just got his highest grade ever on a science test (82%)!!, I know he is capable if he works hard. Once science is done, history and math need to be started. Math is a packet where answers need to be covered with a flashcard and redone. The history study guide needs to have every person/event flashcarded. All old packets need to be re-read in preparation for us going over them."
"We began reviewing for the student's final, covering mostly oscillation and collisions. Past exams served as studying material. She needed to organize the breadth of the course, so she can approach problems with a well thought-out toolbox. She kept a sample exam I provided."
"We covered nomenclature examples for many different functional groups. We will be discussing PKA, angle strain, alkenes (cis/trans, E/Z), and alkene reactions. 3.1 Molecular Formulas and the Degree of Unsaturation 3.2 The Nomenclature of Alkenes 3.3 The Structures of Alkenes 3.4 Alkenes Can Have Cis and Trans Isomers 3.5 Naming Alkenes Using the E,Z System 3.6 How Alkenes React â€¢ Curved Arrows Show the Flow of Electrons - 4.1 The Addition of a Hydrogen Halide to an Alkene 4.2 Carbocation Stability Depends on the Number of Alkyl Groups Attached to the Positively Charged Carbon 4.3 What Does the Structure of the Transition State Look Like? 4.4 Electrophilic Addition Reactions Are Regioselective 4.5 The Addition of Water to an Alkene 4.6 The Addition of an Alcohol to an Alkene 4.7 A Carbocation Will Rearrange If It Can Form a More Stable Carbocation After that, we will discuss stereochemistry, delocalized electrons/stability, and the rest of ch 4."