Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has continued time and time again to show great improvement with her memory and analyzing skills. We agreed that she would memorize a few amino acids per week, just to have those memorized when it came time to know them for her dietetics major. She has done that this week. She retains information well. For example, this week we went over information that was taught last week (on the name of alkanes/ alkenes/ alkynes (and she performed quite well). This week, we learned about more complicated concepts like chirality and different types of representing the molecules like Fisher projections and Newman projections. It took her a little bit of time to see it, but eventually she had a moment of epiphany and ended up grasping the concept quite well. She is always a pleasure to tutor."
"The student is attempting to go through organic chemistry before he takes the class in the fall. He is also auditing an organic chemistry class this summer. Unfortunately, summer classes move at lightning speed, and at the first class he dropped into they were discussing stereochemistry. YIKES! So, we attempted to start getting him caught up, and that started with naming organic compounds--alkanes to start. I have assigned him to read the alkane chapter in his textbook. He does understand that the summer class basically covers a month of material every week. We'll get a basic overview of the class anyway."
"The student recently had a midterm examination, and his professor handed out the key after grading. The student wished to cover the exam and the points that he missed. With the time supplied, we reviewed the entirety of the exam save for a couple of questions."
"The student requested to review SN1, SN2/E2, and E1 mechanism. We discussed SN2 reactions and the rate of reactions for primary, secondary and tertiary alkyl halides. Both E2 and SN2 mechanisms were covered and the competing reactions between SN2 and E2 were elaborated. By the end of session, the student was able to predict the products for these reactions."
"The student saw a huge improvement from her first test before tutoring and her second test. She got the third highest score in the class. We will spend the next week working on material for her final. Today, we worked on Chapter 21 in the practice packet. She was much more confident working on multistep problems. She seems to have a good understanding of the material, and got most of the questions right. After we finished the practice packet, I answered some miscellaneous questions that she had about Chapter 21. Great job!"
"The student seemed a little overwhelmed with learning reactions of carboxylic acid derivatives, but she soon got the grasp of it once I showed her how to approach synthesis problems. We discussed mechanisms and reactions as well as how radical chemistry works. The student was a little overwhelmed because she was struggling, but is now much less stressed out because she understands the material. I told her she should approach it in small steps, like learning how to prepare the molecules needed for a reaction, then learning the reactions of that functional group. She was great about learning the material."