Student Feedback Spring 2019

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 Student Feedback of Their First Session:


"I would definitely be honest and that was really helpful. I need to see it kind of drawn out the way you do it, I'm not as good when they're just telling me stuff. You're really good at drawing it out and showing it. I liked your papers a lot - did you make those? Because those are really helpful...I saw your flowchart for Sn1 Sn2 E2 and E1 and those were helpful too."
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lee Friedman Spring 2018


"(Joy) I hope I was helpful! (Student) Definitely, I'll use you throughout the semester. I don't want to go through any tutors - I like you I like what you give me!"
- Student in CHEM 241 UMD Tutoring, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Fall 2017


"(Joy) Whichever has resonance helps you determine acidity...(Student) Wow nice, it's interesting to see how it builds. I really like understanding it, it was just so easy - I'll be back!"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lenea Stocker Fall 2017


"Oh my god, no tutor I've ever worked with has given me worksheets, past exams, and a folder... I learn really well in that way where everything is very concise and clear cut and color coded...so it was really helpful"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Fall 2016


"I feel better already...I really learn better 1-on-1. My notes that I take in class, with all my chem professors so far look like a foreign language to me. They don't give all the details, like you (Joy) started with 'Oxidation means this , and Reduction is this...' I literally feel better already"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Fall 2016


"That is a lot easier, thank you! I've been at this for hours and you did it in 5 minutes"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Spring 2018


"This way is definitely easier (method with Joy), makes more sense. The way he does it, it just feels like reaction after reaction after reaction. They're just all separate things you have to memorize - that's more overwhelming than this way."
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Spring 2018


"I'm getting everything so this is a miracle. I work a lot better when it's just one-page (summaries sheets from Joy), read that, understand it, do it again and you're fine...I've tried to read Loudoun (textbook), and he's just a mess - I never understand what Loudoun is saying and it's really confusing so this is a lot better"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Fall 2016


"I think I need this, because I had no idea what I was doing before today. (Joy) Do you feel more confident about attacking the problems? (Student) Especially about those that we just went over....there is a pattern that you can recognize"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Spring 2018


"This was extremely helpful you have no idea. At least now I know when I"m studying I'll know what I'm actually studying about"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Joseph Houck Spring 2015


(Joy) "Was this helpful at all?" (Student) "A thousand percent!"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Joseph Houck Fall 2015


"I wish I had called you before the 2nd exam - that would've been really helpful'"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lee Friedman Fall 2015


"This filled in a lot of holes for me, and I think that's what I'm missing, I think the biggest problem is that I'm trying to do all these problems without a basis to do so...I think this helped a lot"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Herman Sintim Fall 2015


"That helped so much I understand more than I have this whole class"
- Student in CHEM 135 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Monique Koppel Fall 2015


  Student Feedback on Resources and Ongoing Session:


"Holy crap! Oh my gosh! Dang that's so easy like I didn't even have to think about the Newman Projection... (Joy) that took you less than 20 seconds. (Student) Holy crap! Wow, ok Dr. Stocker, I see what you're trying to do!"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lenea Stocker Fall 2015


"(Joy) I hope this was helpful again! (Student) Yes it was, definitely, I mean it's saving me. If I didn't have this I would have no idea what I'm doing in this class"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Joseph Houck Fall 2015


"This is nice! Understanding! Wow, I like this"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lenea Stocker Fall 2015


"That's why I don't know what I would do without you. (Joy) You would've hired a different tutor. (Student) You keep saying that but it wouldn't have worked"
- Student in CHEM 131 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Alice Mignerey Spring 2015


"I love this I'm understanding so many things today it's great. (Joy) You mean the lesson? (Student) Oh yeah it's great, I'm actually understanding everything!"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


Student response to customized stencil: "OMG this is awesome, because I'm so bad at drawing! Whoooo! This is really cool. (Joy) This is the Diels-Alder I was talking about, that was the most difficult to design. (Student) This is so cool...I'm really impressed"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"(Joy) This would be an aldose because it's an aldehyde here, (student) Ohhhhhh that makes so much sense now, because I was looking at the practice problems, I saw this and was like what the heck is that supposed to be? So that makes so much sense now"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"I feel like I learned a lot more than I have in the past semester"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Spring 2015


Student response to customized stencil: "I love my stencil. It's the little things that make you smile during finals week"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"If there ever was a fire in my apartment, we would take our orgo notes first. (Joy) You like them that much? (Student) Yeah these are really great...I"m never giving them away"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"That helped so much, I can't even explain to you how much that helps. Like writing out the numbers - oh my god it's so quick now...any of the Diels Alder (problems) in here, I was just numbering and did it in literally 10 seconds "
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"This (worksheet) is such a nice summary of concepts. (Joy) I was trying to put all of chapter 17 on this one page :)"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"(Joy) What is your opinion on these flowcarts and summary sheets I give you? (Student) For me, I'm a visual person, I like this. When I look at it if I'm stuck on something... it's easier for me to see how you get to this product."
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lenea Stocker Spring 2015


"I actually envy you, for knowing this as literally a second language"
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Joseph Houck Spring 2015


"You're so prepared, it's impressive'"
- Student in CHEM 131 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Alice Mignerey Spring 2015


  Comparison with Lecture & Campus Resources:


"I tell them that 'oh I can't hang out at this time on Friday because I"m in tutoring.' They're like, 'why do you get tutored?' because she (Joy) honestly teaches better than MS does. I learn a lot more here than lecture...I take notes and all that, but I can honestly just be here if I needed to."
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Montague-Smith Fall 2015


"(Joy) This resulting shape is a see-saw. (Student) Ohhh cool that's what a seesaw is! Because in class you see it on the slide, and it doesn't make sense to me, but this is totally a seesaw. (Joy) I assume the model kit is helpful? (Student) Oh yeah I wish I could bring this to my test"
- Student in CHEM 131 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Soumya Rastogi Fall 2015


"It's funny how much I learn within an hour in this and within an hour of his lecture"
- Student in CHEM 271 Tutoring UMD, Dr. John Ondov Fall 2015


"This is so helpful you have no idea. I mean the 2nd language book helps but.... it's not there to tell you 'oh do this', you have to figure it out on your own when you read it"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"When I'm in class I"m just trying to write down everything, he goes pretty quick and I"m always lost until I come here and this makes sense"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"(Joy) Did you go to GSS review? (Student) No, it was from 4-6PM today right now. (Joy) Why didn't you choose that instead? (Student) Because I would've rather gone over stuff with you"
- Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Daniel Falvey Spring 2015


"For me it works out a lot better...and I'm willing to do that (private tutoring sessions) because I do not want to waste my time trying to stick with what the resources the school has, and they can't fit within my schedule, I would rather have someone where we have an understanding where 'this is what we need to focus on, the other stuff is just fluff' "
- Student in CHEM 231 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Lenea Stocker Spring 2015


  Written Feedback:

"I have truly appreciated all your help this semester. I started seeing you between exam 2 and 3 and that was my biggest exam grade improvement throughout the whole class. I love that you went above and beyond and brought snacks to sessions, water (which I was always lacking so it was perfect), and all the handmade worksheets for extra practice/notes. Also, thanks for the patience because orgo definitely does not come naturally."

- Tutoring for Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Philip Deshong Fall 2015

"I just wanted to let you know that I was recently accepted to my top choice nursing school - Mass General in Boston!! Thank you so much for always being an amazing tutor, you've really helped me so much and I just wanted to thank you!"

- Tutoring for Student in CHEM 241 Tutoring UMD, Dr. Michael Doyle Spring 2014

See Me in Action

View the Ring Expansion video to gauge my tutoring style and get a sense of a potential session with me. Ring Expansion is a difficult concept to grasp in Organic Chemistry. My highly edited video is focused on clearly explaining the background and applying the knowledge within exams.