Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by covering the carbonyl chemistry covered in class today, namely, the reactions of enolate intermediates. This went well, and the student experienced several moments making cross-connections to Biochem and the assessment. We then moved on to Orgo for the test, beginning with an example passage. Discussing how to take effective notes led into a discussion more generally about how to handle all the passages, in the sciences and on the verbal reasoning section. We began with my lecture on argument analysis and how it informs understanding the types of questions asked, as well as improving mapping and reading actively. We then returned to Orgo, discussing briefly the four most tested reaction mechanisms, and some simple ways to keep them apart mentally. We mentioned (briefly) the rules for determining the priority of functional groups, and the differences between the old and new rules. She got some practice, which she really appreciated, and I helped her learn how to draw Lewis Structures efficiently. She will finish the rest of Chapter 22 (enolates and enamines) in class over the next week, so we will finish our review then. If we have extra time, we will continue with assessment Orgo."
"We covered how to classify viruses and exceptions to the rules. This included (-) strand RNA, (+) strand RNA, ds RNA, and DNA viruses and the mechanistic differences between the two."
"We reviewed for her test on Thursday, mostly working on energy of photons and the Bohr model of the atom. She had some trouble working out the energy problems using the boar model because she was getting confused by the difference between the student's constant and the constant used in determining electron energy in various shells. However, she did understand the difference between them, she was just making a simple mistake in looking at her formula sheet."