Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's lesson consisted of discussion of material as pertaining to student's AP chemistry class. Specific subject matter included solubility concepts including solubility rules, type of chemical reactions and the recognition of, ionic vs covalent compound behavior in solutions. The student did well with all of the material and was able to perform examples of how to write various precipitation reactions. She was alert and engaged in the lesson and asked relevant questions. We discussed the material which would need to be committed to memory and discussed strategies such as practice problems and the use of flashcards. She informed me that her previous exam she received an A, and was very satisfied with her performance. She with continue to study independently and inform me of any material she would like to specifically review upon follow up sessions."
"We worked in depth with the concept of valence electrons, and the concept of basic atom characteristics across periods and down groups. Originally, the student had a hard time understanding the concept of elements "wanting to resemble noble gases" without them actually turning into those noble gases. We continued with some quizzes on valence electrons and then moved on to the basics of how ions combine to form ionic compounds, and how many of each ion are present depending on the valence state of each participant. This session seemed to clear up a lot of his confusion from the early lectures of the class, as, by the end, he was consistently getting new types of problems regarding this material correct with little or no prompting."
"We went over his chemistry work and talked about concepts relating to the various orbitals and how that interacts with the elements. He recently dropped down from advanced chemistry to regular chemistry, so we wanted to review the basics before his upcoming test."
"We completed chemistry problems that involved the concepts of empirical formulas, mole/mass conversions, Avogadro's number, combustion reactions, and limiting reagents. Overall, while she initially had a difficult time getting started on the problems, she was able to work through them better as we continued to complete more problems together. She is a student that wants to do well and she puts her best foot forward by actively participating with me in working through the problems."
"We went over how to read significant figures and how to calculate them. The student has no problem identifying which numbers are significant, but she needs extra practice calculating with significant figures. We went over a lot of practice problems and I tried to be repetitive with the problems so that she would see a pattern."
"The student worked on a review on electron configuration, electron orbitals, levels, how many electrons each orbit contains, writing the complete and the abbreviated electron configuration."