Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered chirality of carbon atoms in amino acids. How to recognize different amino acids. The structures of amino acids."
"The student needed help on his homework packet for Acid/bases and titration problems. I explained the concepts for the problem set we worked on. He was then able to complete the homework packet."
"We talked about the difficulty of following along in lecture, and we talked about the exams being much harder than the practice problems. Based on his descriptions and on sample exams he shared with me, I assured him his class was tough but well structured and on the fair end of the spectrum. The student has a very nice, systematic approach to problems. We will work more practice problems to become more comfortable with the process. We also spent a lot of time talking about the basics of reaction kinetics, and he demonstrated that he is developing a good chemical intuition including the ability to check the reasonability of his answers and the validity of his premises. I will review the material he gave me from his sample exam and see how his flash cards have helped, and I will prepare lessons on kinetics and electrochemistry. My initial impression is that he is a fine student who just needs a second voice for the material, and also needs to think out loud. Many students don't realize that they learn this way."
"As planned, I worked with the student today on the basics of chemistry. We started with what defines elements, atomic number, and mass number, including isotopes. We then covered the laws of conservation of mass and constant consumption, all leading up to Dalton's atomic theory. From there we moved into compounds and reactions. We practiced balancing reactions and calculating molar mass of compounds. We then discussed limiting reagents and calculating the yield of reactions. He needed help with both the concept and the math associated with these calculations, but after practicing several problems, he seemed to get a handle on them. We then moved into reaction types, and were able to complete discussing redox reactions, which he did quite well with overall."
"I began by giving a crash course on acids and bases and their reactions, and then we switched over to working on old FRQ acid-base titration questions. She has gotten much better, and once she takes a moment to collect herself and plan her approach, the student does well."
"We covered cell division, genetics, cell respiration, mutations. She just wanted to review materials for the final . She had a great attitude! I think she will do great on the final!"