Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on some review questions from our prior chapters, and then went over the concepts of chirality and how to assign S and R configurations, and what makes carbon achiral vs chiral. During our next session, we will cover more practice problems on these things, and then talk about benzenes and ring reactivity."
"We did both quantitative and verbal sections today. The areas of emphasis in math were linear transformations of scales, totaling sequences, and remainders. In verbal, the need to follow the logic of passages was emphasized."
"At our first session, I got to know the student a bit, his background, and his goals for the GRE subject test in Physics. I believe I understand his goals for the test and what his timeframe is. It appears that he is weakest in quantum mechanics, so that's where we focused our efforts in this meeting. We went over some basic formulae and concepts, worked through some examples, and I offered some tips and hints on how to work through a problem and/or rule out bad answers more quickly. I believe he is going to brush up on his quantum knowledge between now and our next meeting, focusing on key concepts concepts and formulae in the subject, as well as building up some familiarity with some canonical quantum potentials, e.g., square well, delta fn, harmonic oscillator, and Coulomb's Law."
"In today's session, we covered a lot of ground in the student's biochem book. We covered all of chapters 7 and 8 regarding the central dogma of molecular biology, the most important components of transcription and translation, and cell membrane characteristics. We then worked on applicable passage-based questions, which he did well on."
"The student exhibited a great degrees of success with this session. She is doing well with practice GRE Argument Analysis questions that we have covered together. We will continue brainstorming good responses to them together next session. Based on our realizations with the questions we covered this session, I asked her to write out timed responses for the questions, which I will make comments on, and review with her likely next week. We will continue with more questions, as well as the importance of statistics for GRE analytic questions, next session."
"Today, we went over a few subject areas the student had questions about. Starting with isomers, we went over the definitions and steps of how to identify different types of isomers. Starting with chemical formulas, we looked at structural isomers, stereochemistry, and the difference between enantiomers, diastereomers, and meso compounds. We also went over example problems on stereochemistry and absolute configuration in Newman projections and Fischer projections. Next, we moved on to questions in kinetic versus thermodynamic control, Diels-Alder reactions, and aromaticity."