Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has an exam tomorrow and she wanted to go over her review packet. The material focused on predicting reactions, naming the different kinds of reactions, balancing equations, net ionic equations, and knowing whether reactions were endothermic/exothermic. The review packet was very thorough and had several practice problems. We started with 2 sets and then made sure to cover examples from every possible reaction. She was doing great. If she keeps her focus and continues doing practice problems on her own, she can definitely do well. She was able to predict the products for almost all the reactions."
"The student and I reviewed for her quiz over percent comp., empirical and molecular formula, and from the session before we reviewed naming acids and mole calculations."
"The student is in an Honors chemistry course and is beginning to learn about the periodic table and it's qualities. Her teacher does an excellent job communicating ahead of time what will be required to know for the class and provided each student with a review sheet of the upcoming unit before it is taught. This enabled us to review the properties of metals, the flow of electrons, and other vocabulary words for metals including luster, ductility, kernel, etc. We also reviewed the shape of the periodic table and why it has that shape, we reviewed what electronegativity is and the two reasons for it. We reviewed what questions she can expect on standardized tests when it comes to electronegativity. We reviewed what salt is and what atoms will most likely to in order to gain full outer shells and the vocabulary words associated with this including atomic radius, electronegativity, ions, cations, ionization energy, etc. We finished up this brief one hour session by talking about the photoelectric effect because she wanted to know more about what a photon is and when she can expect to see it in this class. We scheduled more one hour sessions through December. We will evaluate what is necessary in January in terms of sessions so that she can be sure to get a good score on her SAT II chemistry this spring."
"We ended up covering mole to mole conversions, balancing equations, stoichiometry in solving equations, and empirical formulas. The hardest parts for her to grasp was to when to actually use the subscript into the conversion factor of the equation. We are going to meet up Wednesday in order to help her prepare more for the exam."
"The student did a great job today! We went through several difficult math concepts including complex numbers, geometry rules (triangles, etc.), and several other problem types that will be on the test. The student has improved in her accuracy and time."
"We covered atomic number, atomic mass, protons/neutrons/electrons, the mole/molar mass, molecular mass, empiric formulas, and stoichiometry. We reviewed material from chemistry 1 and most seemed familiar, but needed review. The student has a great attitude as always. She is to complete the practice problems in chapter 3 on stoichiometry, limiting reagents, and percent yield before we meet again. If she has problems, she should call or text me. In addition, she is going to get access to the PowerPoints from her class. I will send her practice problems on the subjects she told me were covered."