Every student that I have tutored in organic chemistry asks me how I became adept at this rather challenging subject. I tell them all the same thing: use your resources. A teaching professor that I worked with taught me from his many years of teaching experience, when a student utilizes at least seven resources, their mastery of the subject of organic chemistry increases (linearly), i.e., the average improvement was one to two letter grades over the course of a semester. These resources include, but are not limited to, going to class, reading the text, taking and reading over notes from class, attending study groups, outside tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), reading a concise supplemental text, working problems, etc. Organic chemistry is a difficult subject to understand when you are taking it for the first time (and after!). To become successful at, and to truly master organic chemistry at the level required for graduate school or medical school admission,... read more
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As a Wyzant tutor, it's been a interesting to experience a variety of ages, cultures, preferences and learning styles. Another variation upon my tutoring is location of the session. Skype - my first experience with Skype and other video chat applications started when my cousin taught me Danish using WindowsLive in college. I've a Danish heritage but it goes back to my great-grandparents, so I didn't grow up knowing much about any of the language or culture. I found it strange at first to see a live-streaming video of a person on my computer, and sometimes the connect was bad or the microphone didn't work, etc. Getting past the initial weirdness was easy, because video chatting is kind of a modern miracle that I came to love. It works so well for me now that I tutor, because I can have a session with someone at a convenient time for both of us, without having to arrange travel plans (life sans a car) or take up time getting to a certain location. It also allows... read more
Final exam are approaching. This tends to be a time when both parents and students get a bit nervous. Exam are usually comprehensive and requires a student to memorize lots of information and apply the skills/knowledge gained in the previous months. Students should not wait for study guides, but instead should pull out their notes and graded assignments and begin creating their own study guides. Formulas should be written on note cards with examples of the application of the concepts. Students that need assistance with this process should schedule appointments with their tutor ASAP. Best wishes, Temisha