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.


spring 2018 Workshops (subject to change)
Course Room Alchemists When
Chem 10 SC 183

Dong Ok Kim, Ryan Stanton

Sunday 8-10 PM
Chem 10 SC 183 Chris Chung, Susan Gonzalez, Ming Ray Xu Tuesday 8-10 PM

Chem 10

SC 183 David Chang, Hee-Yon Park Thursday 8-10 PM
Chem 10 HN SC 183 Linda Lin Sunday 7-9 PM
Chem 32 SC 181

Colin Howell, Reham Magoub

Sunday 7-9 PM
Chem 32 SC 181

Kenji Yoshi, Mikhal Yudien

Monday 7-9 PM
Chem 32 SC 181 Sajal Akkipeddi, Diep Nguyen Tuesday 7-9 PM
Chem 32 SC 181 Calvin Chan, Rajiv Potluri Wednesday 7-9 PM
Chem 44 SC 102 Abigail Wong-Rolle Sunday 7-9 PM
Chem 48 SC 264 Jeffrey Zhou Sunday 6-8 PM
Chem 56 SC 161 Ben Hejna Thursday 7-9 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.