Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for her semester exam. Topics we covered include: ideal gas law, gas stoichiometry, kinetics molecular theory, phase diagrams, boiling point and vapor pressure, enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity, and Gibb's free energy. We also completed her homework on phase diagrams."
"Today the topics of Percent Composition, empirical formula and molecular formula calculations were covered. The student is progressing nicely. We went over application of the factor-label method of problem solving. Overall, the student remains quite positive and receptive."
"Covered stoichiometric concepts (chemical equations, limiting reagents, empirical formulae, etc.) as well as vectors (decomposition into Cartesian coordinates, polar coordinates, converting between the two systems, and a few word problems). The student is mathematically competent (understands algebra, ratios, etc.). We went over determining which reagent is limiting, and I provided some algorithmic methods for determining this. Everything seems solid."
"We went over some problems on the student's test that he got wrong and worked on some future test-taking strategies. We started to go over thermodynamics and I taught him the theory behind it. Most of this was new so I just gave him an introduction. He has some homework problems to go over. Overall, a great session!"
"This tutoring session focused on preparation for the student's upcoming exam. We reviewed all of the topics we have done in the past by solving problems in his textbook. He solved problems from his homework packet."
"In chemistry, we went over the various intramolecular forces, including dispersion forces, dipole dipole interactions, and hydrogen bonding. We also talked about intermolecular forces in relation to intramolecular forces. We applied this knowledge to ordering compounds according to predicted boiling point. In algebra, we went over rules of logarithms and did several practice problems to help enforce what the student had learned."
"Today the student and I continued to go over solutions. He really excelled in this section. There were only some topics that gave he had questions on, which included osmotic pressure."
"The student seems very bright and capable, but has some questions regarding chemistry. Today we focused on stoichiometric problem solving, as well as solubility rules and net ionic equations."
"The student and I met for an hour to prep for Chemistry - she has a test on Friday. She had a review sheet so we first made a list of concepts she needed to know for the test and then went through the practical applications. After thorough practice problems and discussions of how to go about solving problems during the test, both she and I felt like she was prepared for her test."
"Today the student and I went over her homework on balancing chemical equations, which she doesn't have any difficulties understanding the concepts. She as always, is attentive during our sessions, and it's always fun tutoring her! By the end of our session, I assigned her more homework to do by this weekend, and we also previewed sections together for the week."
"Tonight was our first meeting. We went through the current lecture slides and accompanying problems. The general topic was wave-particle duality. We are going to meet again on Saturday to continue going over these concepts and review past material (gas laws). It was a great first session, and I think she left with a greater understanding of these ideas!"
"The student has a chemistry test coming up in the next week. We started by working back from the beginning of her section and reviewing the basic transformations between types of matter (Solid/liquid/gas). We then moved on to reading the phase diagrams and the associated constants with the equation. We finished up by working through a number of combination questions that ask the student to balance energy when two types of matter are combined and brought to a steady temperature. We briefly reviewed a few of the proofs she had questions on in Geometry. Overall, she seems to have a very good understanding on her material for geometry class!"