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Alchemist Workshops

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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.

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.

Fall 2023 Workshops (subject to change)

Course               Room  Alchemists When (EDT)           
Chem 10 SC L26

Sunday-Ritka Rajamani, Alexis Duffy, Vijay Chhabra


Tuesday-Sophie Rodner, Jenny Lewis, Emily Chen


Thursday-Jonah Pacis, Tobias Jaramillo, Bryan (Kai) Tan


Alternates-Michelle Chen, Mojisoluwa Oludare

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-10:00 pm


Chem 11 SC 264

Sunday-Drake Roth


Sunday 7:00-9:00 pm


Chem 32 SC 181

Sunday-Thembalami Dube, Grant Nguyen


Monday-Sam Bartolone, Vivian Guo


Tuesday-Aaron Thammavongxay, Ian Chen


Thursday-Andy (Anzhi) Chen, Colin DeLaney


Alternate-Emmaline Daggett

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm
Chem 48 SC 264 Wednesday-Kyra Roepke

Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm

Chem 56 Cornell Library 110 Tuesday-Casey Jordan

Tuesday- 7:30-9:30 pm