Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our fifth session, we explored the concept of redox reactions and their relation to acid-base reactions and solubility of compounds. I diagrammed galvanic cells to demonstrate the uses of redox reactions to perform work through electrical conductivity. Molecular, ionic and net ionic equations were covered in practice problems. Later, the solubility rules were linked to strong and non-electrolytes. At the end of the session, I recommended the student review strong electrolytes, solubility rules and oxidation rules for familiarity."
"Today we reviewed meiosis and inheritance. The student has a test tomorrow, so we reviewed the relevant vocab terms and concepts, such as steps in meiosis, diploid/haploid, recessive/dominant, codominance, incomplete dominance, and Punnett squares. He understands all of the information, and I am confident that he will do well on the test tomorrow. I made sure to remind him to work through the Punnett square questions slowly."
"The student and I worked through several free response questions on the Electricity and Magnetism exam. We also discussed test day strategies concerning her goal of transferring credits to a university in the fall."
"We went over formation of chemical structures and chemical bonding. We also went over how to handle titration problems using the M1V1=M2V2 formula. We then went over Mass% composition problems, and other topics he had listed as a review for his upcoming test."
"The students provided the week's lectures to me. I created some questions to quiz them on the topics covered. We began with a review on hormones, where they originate, and what their function is in the body. The information from some very complex brain pathway diagrams was simplified so the students could learn to associate certain functions with certain parts of the brain (without being concerned with neural mechanisms that go beyond the depth of their class.) Sleep, sleep stages, neural control of sleep, and sleep disorders were covered next. I had prepared sample questions which highlighted the areas that strong vs. weak."
"Today, we talked about the aldol reaction, Claisen reaction, and enolates formation. For the enolate formation, we identified different enolates that can be formed. While looking at the formation of enolates, we discussed the regio- and stereochemical demands. As aforementioned, we talked about aldol addition and the subsequent condensation. The last thing that we devoted our time to was Claisen reaction, where we looked at the reaction mechanism and also looked at the way to predict the reactants based on the final product. The student has a good sense of humor and is responding well to the way that I present the information."