Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's tutorial, the student and I spend most of our time going over his chemistry material for his upcoming test. His class is currently covering the molecular and geometric structures of compounds, bond lengths and angles, types of bonds, electronegativity, inter/intramolecular forces as well as some thermochemistry concepts. I started by asking him if there was anything in particular that he was confused about or not fully understanding and he pointed out a problem in his homework assignment that he was struggling with. This particular problem was not included in the material covered for this section so I went over the concepts that were required for this type of problem and we worked through it together. He said that this would not be covered on his test but his teacher assigns problems by accident that are meant for the AP class. We went over section by section the material that he should know for the exam. For each section, I gave him 5-10 questions to answer that might appear on his test, and then gave him a few challenge questions on the "why's" of the material. He seemed very confident about the material that will be on the test for each section covered. After going over all possible questions that might be on his test, we moved onto his algebra class which he also has an upcoming test in. We had already covered all the material that will be on the test so I gave him random questions from each section to answer. I jumped around the sections so that he would have to identify which conic section I was referring to before starting the problem. I asked him to identify the conic section based on the equation, as well as to find the equation based on given foci, vertices, directrix and asymptotes. I asked him how he would complete the problem prior to him actually working them out and he always knew where he was going with the problem. The only suggestions I could give him was to memorize the equations for the A, C, and B values for his different conic sections, as they change from shape to shape."
"We went over structures of the peptide bonds, more specifically why they are planar and phi/psi angles. We also continued to focus on PAGE gels and what denatures a protein. The student seems to like this part of biochemistry more because she is picking it up a lot quicker than the other materials we have done, so she was happy throughout our session. She wasn't struggling with any of the concepts, but she was just struggling on the wording of the questions that were being asked. Her toughest challenge is trying to comprehend what the question is asking. But once I explained the question to her in another way, she knew exactly what to do."
"We went over his past midterm and past quizzes and briefly went over SN2 and SN1 reactions. Recommended for him to look at a website that would give him good practice and information."