Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed free radical bromination and the prediction of products for bromination reactions. We discussed resonance structures and how to draw and determine which structure is the most stable. We went over how to determine E and Z configuration and s-cis and s-trans. We also covered the determination of double bond stability. Stability is based on substitution and conjugation. We finished with the discussion of 1,2 and 1,4 addition across a diene system. 1,2 addition is the kinetic product and 1,4 addition is the thermodynamic product."
"The student and I covered many molecular biology concepts, including DNA replication, transcription, translation, and genetic regulation as well as genetic mutations. We also went over the techniques for recombinant DNA, PCR, and gel electrophoresis. At first some of the concepts were difficult to understand, but she is a quick learner. We reviewed some previous concepts; after a little prodding she was able to recall most of the information. In terms of coursework, she and I went over possible test essay prompts and a worksheet that had been assigned. The areas I believe she should focus on are protein synthesis and gel electrophoresis."
"We looked into equilibrium expressions involving pressure and how various manipulations of balanced chemical affected the value of the equilibrium constant (we specifically tackled questions from her past homework). She has shown to be a very intelligent and courteous student who showed competent ability to grasps concepts quickly and effectively."
"We spent time covering questions she had on work and energy. She had an OK grasp of the material conceptually, but struggled with visualizing the changes. One of the things we focused on was the idea that work shows the change in energy, and once we covered that idea she moved through the material with much more ease. We plan on meeting again soon."
"We started applying the concepts we learned of finding max stress due to bending moments, and used that information to design the types of beams required to hold a specified loading condition. We identified that there are only a few types of variables that can be manipulated: material properties, cross section (beam properties), and loading conditions. His assignment tested the variation of each of these variables."
"We started by going over oxidation states. Moving forward, we prepared for upcoming material, going over molecular shapes, Lewis structures, polarity, and bonds. We spent time connecting concepts that she has already been taught to what's being taught now, and filling in some of the holes. Overall, the session was a huge success, and she seems to be much more comfortable with the content."