Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I have been preparing her for her first organic chemistry exam since before the course started. Her exam is finally coming, next week, and so for today's session we did a thorough overview of all topics covered on the exam. We spent a lot of time discussing chapters 1,2, 3, and 4. I assigned her exercises for chapter 3 and 4 which were created by one of the chemistry professors at her institution. She is much better able to understand Newman projections now as well as stereochemistry, and she is great at being able to name compounds. The only thing that we really need to go over again is resonance, but I strongly feel that she is ready for her exam. Next session, we will do one final sweep over the material to ensure that she gets a very high grade on the test."
"Today, the student and I started the session with some definitions. We did this because we have been working on questions that involve finding the molar solubility and I wanted to make sure she knew what exactly she was solving for even though she knew how to get the answer. Then we went over how pH, temperature, and complex ions change the solubility of a substance, but only temperature changes Ksp. We worked with a basic anion such as Mg(OH)2 and how it increased in solubility with an increase in acidity. We applied Le Chatelier's principle because pretty easy by the end of the session. One thing she did was a later question asked to solve for the molar solubility of an ion at different pHs. We went though roughly 40 multiple-choice questions. Some looked the same, but needed a different strategy for their answer and she did really well. A little more review on her solubility trends and realizing a quadratic formula is not always needed will save a lot of time in regard to trying to set a problem up."
"We covered meiosis and Mendelian genetics. He was struggling with the topic of meiosis and its stages. I was able to go over the topic with him and provide him with the necessary components for him to understand the topic better. He also had trouble with phenotypes and genotypes. To drive home the topic, I had him do a few Punnett squares and asked him to continue doing so between sessions. He said he got a 92 on his last exam, so I believe he is doing better in biology."