Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed material from our previous session. We devoted most of this session on significant figures and difficult dimensional analysis problems. She is doing well!"
"The student was introduced to chemical kinetics this week and we focused on the difference between rate of reaction and rate constant, which is a difficult concept because the rate constant is a proportionality constant between the reactant concentrations and the rate of reaction, but it's experimentally determined from concentration changes over time for a specific reaction. Therefore the rate constant is only constant for the specific reaction and takes into account intrinsic properties of the molecules involved. We also discussed what stoichiometry means about the change in concentration of reactants and products over time. We also went over her first exam which was focused on equilibrium, free energy changes, and reaction mechanisms. She was concerned with her performance but my assessment is her understanding of the topics is definitely there; the pace of her class is very fast and some of the equations are getting lost along the way. We went over each problem and she understood where she made her mistakes. Before her next test, we're going to create a one page outline of the important equations, terms, and concepts as the foundational knowledge she must memorize."
"Today we covered stoichiometry, definitions, converting between grams and moles, limiting reagents, and different types of problems that can be asked."