Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over past quizzes involving alkene reactions and alkyl halides. Student is beginning to develop much better studying habits and noticing small mistakes in her work."
"We covered the topic of alkynes which included preparation, acid catalyzed hydration, formation of carbonyl compounds, reaction with chlorine and bromine as well as nomenclature."
"We covered material for her microbiology course, and ended with a brief review of pharmacology. I don't believe the student struggles with the concepts in these courses, but instead lacks the proper foundation for these new concepts. We reviewed the following concepts: DNA structure, transcription, translation, enzymes in the central dogma (helicase, polymerase, ribosomes, etc.), mRNA, tRNA, chromosomes, and genotype/ phenotype. I focused on explaining the logic and steps behind these processes, and the student picked them up quickly. On occasion, I would ask her sample exam questions and she gave excellent answers. Once we both felt comfortable with the microbiology material, we moved onto pharmacology for around 15 minutes. Since the majority of this subject area is purely memorization, I focused on providing study strategies for the adrenergic receptors, sympathomimetic & sympatholytic drugs."
"In this session we reviewed chapters 11, 12 and 13 to prepare the student for her test tomorrow. The topics we focused on included periodic trends, electron configuration, and light/ energy/ wave calculations."
"We covered topics from the AP Chemistry Exam. The student missed some questions on Big Idea #2, so needs to review some of the main concepts, specifically lattice energy of crystals. We are going to cover some topics later, including organic molecules and molecular orbitals. I think we will need to spend a little more time on this topic next time we meet."
"Today's session was dedicated towards rigorous exam preparation for tomorrow. This is primarily focused upon equilibrium chemistry, to include acid/ base chemistry, buffers, and thermochemistry. At first, the student was having trouble with the workout problems, but over the course of the evening, her confidence grew and her understanding of the fundamental concepts definitely improved."