Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session included two practice problems from the student's homework. The lesson started with an intro to Radical Chemistry investigating bond cleavage, possible mechanistic routes and by-products that may occur. Emphasis was given to using new reagents for synthesis problems including NBS and peroxides. Endothermic and exothermic reactions were compared with radical reactions (low-high energy) and carbohydrates (high-low energy). The latter part of the lesson focused on practicing homework and quiz problems. At the end, I gave the student some strategies to performing well on tests. These entailed numbering carbons to keep up with changing structures, noting disadvantages/advantages of similar reagents, and a review of applying pka values to solving mechanism problems."
"Tonight we reviewed for her exam by studying viruses, bacteria, and genetics. She currently has a 98% in the class and I am confident that she will do well on the upcoming exam. She understands the concepts well and has a good study plan for this weekend. We discussed cutting back hours to see how she studies on her own, and I am in full support of this plan. We will resume more intense sessions in April in order to prepare for the AP Biology exam in May."
"The student just started her new chemistry class and they have started working with the structure of atoms and how to identify atoms based on atomic number and mass number. We worked on finishing an assignment that she had in class where she learned the rules for interpreting atomic number, mass number, and charge in order to determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom. She already had a very good understanding of how to do all of this so we just did some practice with it. After this, we worked on her lab report for a lab they did on determining the density of aluminum using two different methods. She didn't think that she understood what she was doing, but she actually did and was just not confident in it. For most of this session, we just worked on what information she needed to put in her lab report and how to format it. Overall, she is off to an excellent start for her new chemistry class."