Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent some time working on an enthalpy question. The remaining time we spent on his homework over alkene reactions."
"This was my first session working with this student. After a brief introduction, he and I discussed his recent performance in his AP class. Because he had just finished a quiz on photosynthesis, we began work on a new chapter on cell communication to get him a head start on his lessons next week. Before diving into the text, I discussed my approach to note taking with him in order to encourage him to be a critical thinker. When we started, I had him read one paragraph at a time. At the end of each paragraph, I would pause to discuss the important points covered, then demonstrate how I would structure each passage in an outline. At first, I had to walk him through some points that he had glazed over, and I was dominating the conversation. Midway through the lesson, however, he began to exhibit a bit more confidence in his reading, and was actively contributing to the process. I would also pause the reading occasionally to review points and compare different mechanisms to illustrate key concepts. When we reached the section review, he was able to answer the questions without referring back to the book, which greatly impressed me. Before leaving, I recommended that he try to apply this same approach to the rest of the chapter over the weekend. Although he is shy and a bit hesitant to share his thoughts, I believe he has the potential to succeed in this course with the proper study tools. It is my hope that by working with him, I'll be able to help him feel more confident in approaching his studies and that this confidence will help him feel more comfortable in the classroom."
"Since our last session, the student took another exam in her organic chemistry class. This time, she performed better than her first exam, raising her score from a D to a C grade. It definitely shows improvement on her part in terms of better understanding ideas. In this current session, we went over new material concerning addition reactions with both alkenes and alkynes involved. In particular, we went over a lot of the main addition reaction mechanisms from bromination and halohydrogenation to alkylation, hydroboration, and ozonolysis. At first, she seemed to struggle most with putting all this knowledge of addition reactions together to solve synthesis problems, an integral and challenging concept of organic chemistry. However, as she began to work through practice problems, she gained a sense of confidence in comprehending the idea of working backwards on synthesis problems to deduce the mechanisms involved. Overall, I feel that she has improved considerably, showcasing an ability to adapt and learn."