Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through a titration experiment today. We were able to discuss and identify all the steps and what the results would be and how to read them. However, we couldn't get the computer program to give real results...the student will run it by his teacher. We did extract the important lessons: halfway up the vertical curve is the equiv. point; halfway along the first gentle slope is the 'halfway point,' where pH=pKa. He understood the concepts well and was maintaining his focus and positivity. Nice work!"
"We went through answering questions from the textbook. The questions were used as a review for the student's upcoming exam. We covered different topics, like reactions of alkenes, ethers, and functional group transformation. Other questions were solved that included the synthesis of a target molecule from a starting material."
"We worked on SN1, SN2, E1, and E2, as well as mechanisms and epoxide ring openings. Other concepts discussed were stereospecificity and stereoselectivity. The student has a good attitude as usual and was more confident in her answers this time. One strategy I included was letting her correct herself, i.e., letting her do the problem and letting her realize she had made a mistake. Without correcting her instantly, this helps her develop a sense of rechecking her work without a safety net of me telling her it's wrong.I am seeing her improve in terms of confidence and not being afraid to correct me when I intentionally put an incorrect answer down."
"We worked through suggested problems from the textbook, focusing on Sn1/ Sn2 reactions. The student had trouble on this topic initially, but after breaking it down into concepts already covered, he seems to have a stronger understanding of these reactions. He should continue to work through suggested textbook problems, and complete the practice exam before the next session."
"Went over her practice exam and any questions she might have had. Covered some tips for exams such as discerning homotopic vs diastereotopic protons. Advised her on what was important to know, such as alkenes only being able to react with peroxy acids in this class, since that was all covered."
"Worked on homework problems and reviewed lab materials. Reviewed hybridization, melting/boiling points, and resonance. We reviewed melting curves and eutectic points, which she found confusing at first. However, I believe she understood the concepts by the end of our session. We also read through an article by her professor and discussed how resonance and alternating double bonds/lone pairs affects absorption of light on the visible spectrum. She is feeling pretty good about the course so far."