Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Again, I created another quiz for her, however this quiz was on what reactants with what reagents create what products. It is good to remember for example that alcohols can be reduced to aldehydes and aldehydes can be oxidized to alcohols. Her exam was on chapters 19-22. We went through every chapter doing most of the practice problems."
"We went over the "challenge problems" of Chapter 16 since they are assigned by her professor. The topic was acid-base buffers, complex formations, and solution equilibria."
"We mostly went over chemistry today to prepare the student for his quiz. We went over Le Chatelier's Principles. He seemed to grasp on to the concepts fairly well."
"We continued to work on practice SAT Chemistry subject test questions, this time from the student's own test prep book. This session focused on stoichiometry, equilibrium and reaction rates. She did not remember covering reaction rates in her previous chemistry course, so we spent additional time covering that material, including rate equations and the environmental factors that can affect reaction rate. She is becoming more confident in answering questions on her own, but still has some difficulty remembering which previously-discussed concepts to use in determining the answer. The goal is for her to earn a 650/800 on the exam. For the final session, I am preparing a list of all of the topics covered in the exam. I will discuss each of those briefly with the student and will ask questions to determine whether she feels confident in that area. We will focus on the areas of strongest need for improvement in this last session."
"The student and I worked on balancing chemical equations, especially combustion reactions. I showed him how to approach balancing equations by saving the oxygen balancing for last. He excelled at this even after some time away from Thanksgiving. We then moved on to discuss his upcoming project in Chemistry where he and a partner are to create a new form of currency to replace the U.S. dollar. He is to use key chemical and physical properties to make the new currency durable, economic and environmentally responsible. He and I discussed some ideas and the possible implications certain choices might have on each of the previously mentioned points."
"Today, we reviewed the student's lecture outline for cell communication and signaling, and then we discussed her assignment on similar topics. In particular, we reviewed the body's response to epinephrine/adrenaline. She seems to have a good grasp on this. I also checked her Pogil assignments and was able to clear up the misconceptions she had. In our session next week, I am looking forward to spending more time reviewing tyrosine kinases and G-protein cascades."