Alchemist Workshops

Alchemist workshops

What are Alchemist Workshops?

  • Drop-in study sessions that are staffed by students with strong chemistry backgrounds who have received mentoring instruction through the Dean’s office.
  • Alchemists work with students individually as time allows and they facilitate group collaboration.
  • Working in groups is helpful -

It helps students to see that there is often more than one way to approach a problem.
It gives students a chance to verbalize their understanding of concepts to fellow students.
Explaining material to others often helps to deepen one’s own understanding.

  • See the schedule below to determine when and where the workshops for your course meet.


FALL 2016 Workshops
Course Room Alchemists When
Chem 22 SC 181

Sooyun Choi
Ben Hsiung
Letitia Ho
Mackinsey Smith

Sunday 7-9 PM
Chem 22 SC 181 Deondre Jordan
Barrett Powell
Tuesday 7-9 PM
Chem 22 SC 181 Maggie Eberts
Diep Nguyen
Wednesday 7-9 PM
Chem 22 SC 181

Susan Gonzalez
Alice Herneisen
Anna Mischal

Thursday 7-9 PM
Chem 38 SC 183 Olivia Leventhal Sunday 7-9 PM
Chem 38 SC 183 Aaron Holmes
Susie Min
Wednesday 7-9 PM
Chem 55 SC 264 Jessica Chen Thursday 7:30-9:30 PM

Who are workshops for?

  • Anyone currently taking a chemistry course listed in the schedule above.
  • Individuals and groups are welcome, so encourage your classmates to attend with you.

How do I effectively use workshops?

  • Drop in to a workshop any time while it is in session. When you enter the classroom, sign in, have a seat and an alchemist will assist you as soon as she or he is available.
  • To make the most of your time in workshop, first try problems on your own and bring your questions to ask the alchemist.
  • Bring your class notes and text book as these are helpful references for both you and the alchemist.
  • Reread your class notes. If there was something during lecture that you did not understand, ask about it.
  • Do not expect to be able to start and finish your homework assignments during a single workshop.
  • Do not expect to get individual attention the entire time you are in workshop, other students may also have questions for the alchemists.
  • Bring coursework or homework to work on while the alchemist is assisting other students.
  • The alchemists are here to help you succeed, not to do your coursework for you. They will not do problems for you or just give you answers.
  • Attend workshop with classmates so that you can share ideas and work together.