Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over another simulated data example, with the addition of interpreting output from the tests. She is definitely becoming much more familiar and knowledgeable of how to look at data and determine what tests to use to answer the particular questions. She has a great attitude about the content of our sessions and she has made a lot of progress. We will be going over output more in the next sessions to help her learn how to pick out the important information to report about her results."
"The student and I worked on free radical reactions. We worked on understanding reactivity versus selectivity. Bromine is more selective than Chlorine, and this is reflected in the product ratios for the reaction. We looked at different methods of introducing a Bromine and how that changes the type of product formed from the same reactants. We worked through several examples to help illustrate how the reactivity/ selectivity principle will determine the kinds of products we get with different substrates."
"Today's first lesson covered addition reactions such as hydroboration of alkenes and oxymercuration-demercuration of alkenes. The student wanted to discuss how to propose sound mechanisms for these reactions and how to identify which reaction was regioselective and why. I supplied him with a pKa table to learn the relative acid strength of common species seen in mechanisms. I also suggested outlining the chapter with special attention to the section and sub-section headers to reinforce the material. At this time, I believe he is quite motivated to perform well in organic chemistry."
"The student and I continued our review for his upcoming exam on Tuesday. I made picture diagrams with arrows pointing to the anatomy that he needs to know and quizzed him on it. He did well on that. Also, I wrote out a quiz that contained homework questions he has been given over the period of this unit. He did a great job, and I think he will do well on this exam!"
"This week the subject is the pulmonary system. The student will again have a written test and can bring in some notes. We focused today on the mechanics of respiration and respiration volumes and curves. We also reviewed the chemistry of O2 and CO2 diffusion at the level of the alveoli and tissues. These are the topics that the teacher is focusing on for the test. Now that he understands these concepts, he can work on the essay questions he has been assigned. Next time, we will review the rest of the subject matter, including the upper respiratory system and anatomy, and make sure he understands all the concepts most relevant to his upcoming test."
"During this neuroanatomy session the student and I discussed embryology of the brain, definition of afferent and efferent nerves, cranial nerves and functions. We went over study methods and the tricks on maneuvering medical school along with the importance of employing group study. We are moving towards making a bright and capable student into a superstar! Organization and understanding are our goals. We went through more visual representations of the course material to make recall easy and efficient. The win of this session was opening up more concepts to solidify the anatomy topics. I'm looking forward to more time to go over more material and to tackle more questions."