Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed some of the main concepts from the 2nd and 3rd exams of the semester including acid/base reaction, oxidation-reduction reactions, and gas laws. Her final is tomorrow, and I think I have done all that I can do. She did some of the work I asked her to do in preparation for today's session. The session went about as well as I could have asked."
"We worked over acid base chemistry. We reviewed and manipulated ICE tables and identified relationships between pKa, pH, and their relationship to each other before, at, and after the equivalence point."
"We went over specific chemistry test questions and cleared up any conceptual gaps. We used each question to practice a three-step test taking approach: 1) determine what the question is asking; 2) assess which tools (ex. drawing a molecule with the correct number of electrons and determining which are lone pairs or bonding electrons) are most helpful to solve the problem; and, 3) eliminate answer choices. Often this will leave two or just one answer choice left, and few or no additional steps are required to answer the question quickly. We also covered VSEPR theory with the molecular model kit and built a tetrahedral geometry to help visualize it. I suggested that she continue to study with her flashcards and practice problems, as well as add additional flashcards quizzing geometric arrangement and bond angle."