Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered DNA replication, what DNA is made of, how DNA is read and a new strand is made, what a nucleotide is, the difference between DNA, RNA, protein and the central dogma of information transfer."
"Today's session covered gas laws: Boyle's Law, Charles' Law and Avogadro's Law. These laws related pressure, temperature, and volume of gases. For the most part, this section is highly mathematical without considerable conceptual background. Because of this, I made sure that we focused on the student being able to properly set up all of her equations and to identify which law to use. She did not struggle with identifying the type of problem in the exercises as she made flashcards of each individual law, but she did make missteps on the math by not converting to the correct units or using improper algebra. I suggested that she write out all her units every single time she does a problem, since this is a strategy that will be useful in all future chemistry or physics courses. When she does organize her problems with the units clearly labeled, she is much better at arriving at the correct answer. We also briefly discussed the Ideal Gas Law, which I don't believe her class has gone over yet. The assignment she was given allowed her to use the law, which I knew would be coming up in her next few classes, so I taught her how to use it and we went through the problems together. The only problem she struggled on required extra "thinking outside the box" as it was a very long system of equations to arrive at the correct answer for the unknown. I drew out a 'map', so to speak, of where she was going with the problem and I showed her how I arrived at this strategy. I use units to make sure that I am doing a problem correctly and I demonstrated the way that I do this so that she can get in the habit of doing this as well. I work with fine-tuning her study habits during our sessions so that she has the tools she needs to get through any of her courses successfully."
"We covered SN1 and SN2 reactions, specifically going through what makes each reaction unique. Concepts such as nucleophilicity, basicity, leaving group, and solvents were covered thoroughly. The student was struggling with his foundation of concepts which we covered and he is feeling more confident. The student says he is very motivated to do well and would like to meet twice a week. We went over test prep strategies including using a white board. He is going to continue to study his notes and book for his test this Thursday. We will be meeting again this Saturday."
"I continued working with the student on a review of his chemistry worksheets during this session. We reviewed the past conversions we worked on, and continued with some new concepts. Today's session mainly focused on multiple-step unit conversions involving grams to moles to atoms. We also focused on converting liters to moles. The student began the session unsure how to go about these multi-step conversions, but by the end of the session he was able to complete them by himself. He had a great attitude and remained focused throughout the lesson."
"We went over some practice exams online, as well as some flash cards in order to prepare her for her AP exam. In addition, we talked about strategy and the best way to work through problems. She will be going over a few more practice AP exams and we are having a session tomorrow to go over problems that are tripping her up."
"The student and I worked on polynomial factorization and worked through her worksheet. We worked through different forms of the basic quadratic factorization techniques applied in different examples and also covered some polynomial factor identities. I think she really started to get the hang of it by the end of the session, so I think she's doing really great there. She is welcome to reach me by email during this week and next with any questions that she may have concerning her homework or other topics."