Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was a good introductory session. We began by reviewing subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. We denoted the mass and charge of each particle and then defined isotopes and ions. Pulling out our periodic table, I then asked the student to identify the number of subatomic particles in particular atoms and ions for specific elements. We then drew Lewis dot structures for individual atoms. Then we looked at ionic and covalent bonds."
"Today was our first session, and we focused on balancing equations and stoichiometry/limiting reagents. We went through about 4-5 problems together, and by the end the student seemed to be much more confident in the material. She seemed to have a general idea what she was doing from the beginning, but lacked confidence in her knowledge, second guessing and confusing herself - particularly when identifying limiting reagents in balanced equations with various coefficients. After a few guiding points she seemed to be much more confident in her ability to solve these problems."
"We covered chapters 11 and 12 today. We began the section with review questions from chapter 11. It took us quite a bit of time, and we spent the rest of the time on chapter 12, which focused on algae. The material on chapter 12 was pretty straightforward. The students had trouble with the concept of how diseases are spread and viruses. I think with more exposure to the material, they will be much better off."
"We covered sound waves and how to calculate their speed based on wavelength and frequency. The student has a great attitude. A few hw problems were left unsolved for the student to explore on his own. We covered how to factor and solve polynomial equations by factoring. I showed the student the relevance of the factor of a polynomial (where that equation crosses the x- axis). This is very helpful and will build future problem solving skills since he is learning this a class or two ahead of other students."
"Our last session consisted of a variety of covered topics. We discussed eukaryotic gene regulation, how asexual reproduction compensates for lack of genetic diversity, signal transduction, and a few other questions from his practice final worksheet. He seems to understand the rest of the material just fine when I ask him questions about it. He correctly answers questions whenever I ask him anything, but where he has the most trouble is applying to them in the context of the exam. To work around that I've recommended he look over the concepts after our tutoring sessions and paraphrase everything in his own words. I'm confident that doing so will make the material more meaningful to him and allow it to stick better when it comes to the exam. As always, the student is very willing and in turn getting the most out of our sessions."
"Today the student and I covered Sn1 Sn2 E1 reactions, how fast would certain compounds undergo Sn1 or Sn2, rating carbonation stability, rating double bond stability, kinetic vs thermo product, Sn2 stereochemistry, and solvent effects."