Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered limiting reagent and molarity and how the two concepts are applied to solving problems in chemistry. He most struggled with the method I showed him for determining limiting reagent, but he after a few problems the idea clicked with him."
"Today, the student and I had our last session. We covered identification of chemical reaction types, balancing chemical equations, and nomenclature. I feel that she will be able to approach her coursework at with confidence."
"The student and I covered questions relating to dilute solutions, colligative properties, and kinetics. We also reviewed phase changes of molecules and how to calculate the amount of energy necessary to change a pure substance from one phase to the other. Furthermore, we discussed how non-volatile solutes influence the freezing point and boiling point of a substance."
"In today's tutoring session, the student and I primarily went over general chemistry and some of organic chemistry. We started the session by reviewing last week's general chemistry assignment problems, which included topics such as gases, enthalpy, molarity, molality, and electrochemistry. We then moved on to review last week's organic chemistry assignments, which included topics such as IR spec, NMR spec, extraction, SN1/E1, and nucleophilic substitution. She did a great job today and did not seem to struggle with much. Again, I have left her with 40 general chemistry and 40 organic chemistry problems for next week."
"In this tutoring session the student and I had a comprehensive review of buffers, acid-base reactions, titration curves and equilibrium concepts that might be covered in her first midterm exam. We talked about some general note taking strategies and the importance of asking conceptual questions in class to reduce the workload later on. Since her test was going to be in the afternoon, she decided to set some time to review some of what we had gone over. At the end of our session she felt more at ease and had more confidence in the material covered in tomorrow's exam."
"We discussed the items from the review for the student's Tuesday's test. This included identifying and forming ionic and molecular compounds, naming alkanes and alcohols, predicting the product of chemical reactions, and balancing chemical reactions. For next session, she will have learned all the polyatomic ions and we'll continue on with the review."
"The student and I primarily went over the essay for her psychology of language course. She chose the topic of linguistic determinism against relativity, focusing on the hypothesis and the opinion of its critics. The essay was already a very strong one, so we mainly improved upon some wording of phrases and the structuring of her discussion on findings and conclusions in the study."
"For this session we focused on introductory level genetics material, such as how the number of genes can affect a trait or traits as well as genetic recombination. I was not able to see any scores to note any progress although we did work off of the practice exam she provided. Given that she just had an exam, the material we went over was not that difficult or in-depth, and hence she did not struggle very much when we went over the topics."
"We worked on a test prep worksheet the student had regarding forces and force balance, as well as friction and position-versus-time and velocity-versus-time plots. Given an unusual way of presenting these subjects in his class, he had to use some unorthodox methods to solve these problems and answer questions, but he has been very good at seeing situations in his own way, a way that works. We will meet again Thursday night to continue before his exam Friday."