Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered acids and bases, with material from her last test up to material for her upcoming quiz on Friday. We went over a practice test with problems, looking at acids and bases. We are going to meet again this week before her quiz so we can make sure she is back up to speed on her acids/bases basics as well as covered for her quiz material."
"We covered molar mass, empiric vs molecular equations, stoichiometry, ionic compounds, charge of ions, metals vs transition metals vs noble gases, and how to write and solve chemical equations. We went through the homework problems which seemed to have an appropriate amount of repetition. She knows the material better than she thinks she does and we will continue to work on improving her comfort with the material to build her confidence. She needs a paper periodic table and need to feel comfortable using it."
"The student was having trouble understand how to balance and classify chemical reactions. I had her take notes on the 5 main types of reactions: synthesis, decomposition, single displacement, double displacement, and combustion. We went through her assignment and classified all of the equations. I told her a funny way to remember single v double displacement, which helped. I checked her work on the easier balancing equations problems, which were all correct. Then on a dry-erase board we looked at the more difficult problems 1 at a time. In no time her confidence grew and she became very good at these problems, solving the majority on her own."
"The student and I worked on several assignments. First, she completed her division of polynomials worksheet for algebra. We took a quick break to transfer all of her school paperwork to a bigger binder, since she was running out of space in her other binder. She has been staying more organized with her assignments and knows where to find worksheets, homework, etc. We continued with chemistry and worked on balancing equations and writing ionic formulas. Again, she can usually chug through a lot of the practice problems. She was in a good mood and seemed very positive about the progress during our session together."
"The student wants to review Chemistry. His goal is to take an exam so that he can opt out of taking College Chemistry. I had him take a pretest. It consisted of 30 questions and problems. He completed successfully 25 of the problems. We then reviewed conversions from metric to English and C to F. He had never done that before but learned it easily."
"Chemistry-Percent composition, stoichiometry, charges, types of chemical reactions, and balancing. Student is very positive and tries to figure out the problem. Student grasps quickly the steps to take to solving a specific type of problem. Spent a lot of session explaining the 'why' we take each step."
"We covered temperature conversions and the Civil War. She had a good attitude and was willing to continue practicing. We included a scanning technique when reading material for World History."
"The student had a fairly strong understanding of the Ideal Gas Law equations from her chemistry class, so we spent the session working on her algebra work, particularly rational equations and fractions."
"This session was really great! Student was very attentive and was very eager to learn. Today, we went over phase changes, including how to read / interpret them and how to make her own. We didn't get to go through word problems because the phase diagrams took so much time, but I gave her my contact information just in case she needs more help before her upcoming quiz."
"Today was the first day I met with the student. We simply went over his homework on the chemistry website. We went over Chapter 6, which talks about wavelength energy and frequency as well as electron configuration. Once he could see what the problem was talking about and knew the formulas to plug the information in to, everything started making sense. I am going to bring a sheet with formulas so he can start memorizing them."
"During our time together, we worked hard at understanding the concepts of electron configurations as well as nuclear chemistry. Even though there were some ideas to iron out, by the end of our time together she had a very clear understanding of the material. Additionally, to further this understanding of the material, I sent her some videos to further reinforce this information. As always, I really enjoyed this session as I thought it was productive."
"We worked on Chapter 14 selected problems. By doing those, he was able to practice answering titration problems of weak and strong acids by strong bases. He was accurate in doing the calculations, which was good."