Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed the student's chemistry problem set related to enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy, and spontaneity. His understanding of these topics has generally improved, though at times he is unsure about which equation to use. I will provide additional reading on these topics to help."
"We got through about half of the objectives for the student's test next week, including understanding pH and pOH, definitions of acids and bases, and how to determine conjugate acids and bases. For next time, I asked the student to email me a short explanation of the objective that starts "explain how to define an acid or base by its concentration..." so that I have a better understanding of what the student's teacher expects her to know for that part. Also, I want the student to spend some time reviewing equilibrium problems, neutralization problems, and what we covered today. This will help us know where to focus for next time, given that this tends to be a more difficult and time-consuming chapter."
"We went over basic chemical vocabulary, the periodic table, the history of the atom, structure of the atom, and test taking skills. The student is knowledgeable on the subject matter, but lacked confidence in his abilities. I expect this to change as further sessions take place."
"We discussed how the student performed this week after last week's help. Then we worked on the weeks homework and review. Struggled on the acid base and equilibria problems. We will revisit those next week."
"In this session, the student and I went over more material on equilibrium. She and I reviewed ICE tables and how to solve for the concentration of a species given the equilibrium value. She struggled with rearranging the math equation, but with a little help she was able to do it. By being able to do so, she was able to work the problems on her own. Leaving the session, I am confident she will do well on her upcoming test."
"Today we covered the review packet for the acid and bases unit. We managed to go over all the materials on the packet. For math problems, we went over one problem of each type as an example, and left the other ones for the student to do on his own later. As of now, he has all the materials he needs. We clarified the concepts he had questions on. All he needs to do now is study the materials in his review packet and notes."