Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student was preparing for an exam and the broad topic of kinetic molecular theory was covered. Heating curves, phase diagrams. phase changes, pressure, and ideal gas law were discussed. Student remains positive and receptive. No concerns at this time."
"Today's session continued work with identifying dipoles in molecular bonds, determining molecular shapes, polar molecules and intermolecular forces. We worked through the review problems in the student's textbook and a review worksheet. The student expressed more comfort with the subject matter."
"In tonight's session, the student and I spent more time working on his chemistry conversions. He has been doing extremely well since our last session. After completing our session this evening, the student is much more confident about the material."
"Today's session with the student comprised of us reviewing for her test on Monday. Currently, we are working in balancing chemical equations and learning different types of reactions. The student already knows how to identify different reactions, but I still went over them with her to teach her how to identify each reaction efficiently. For the most part of our session, we worked on balancing equations. We began with the method that she learned in class. The student's teacher assigned her a study-guide packet and we went over all the questions in there and completed the packet, which will serve as a great studying tool for her over the weekend. Overall, the session went well!"
"The student and I worked on predicting chemical reactions today. We covered how to classify synthesis/ decomposition/ single & double replacement reactions. He is a quick learner and was able to understand the concept very quickly. We finished a class assignment on reactions and will begin to prepare for his test. I recommended him to purchase the book for chemistry which will be the main text for the test prep."
"The student and I spent a lot of time balancing equations, determining molar ratios, and calculating predicted mass values. Her online homework had 25 problems. I discussed the different ways math was used in the problems."
"Today, the student and I finished up solutions and continued with learning Lewis Structures. He seemed to understand this very well and only had some trouble with ions/double bonds. We will be practicing these again next week."
"During this session we covered solutions. We discussed how to find the percent volume of a solution as well as the percent mass. We also looked at molarity and how to find it, as well as if you have the molarity and either mass of solute or volume of solution and how to find the other quantity. We ended by discussing how to find volume or molarity in a dilution problem."
"Both of the girls had chemistry tests coming up over gas laws. Neither of them were having any problems whatsoever with the concepts and the usage of the formulas at all."
"We covered electron configuration, ions, periodic trends, and we started to get a little into nomenclature. For the most part, she understood everything very well after I went over it with her. As far as chemistry goes, she understood everything we went over today."
"We used this session to work on a review in preparation for a quiz. The quiz will cover phases of matter and intermolecular forces. I believe that this was a highly productive session because of the student's enthusiasm and willingness to learn. As far as strategies are concerned, I mentioned that it is always best to have some sort of intuitive understanding of each sub concept in chemistry. For extra practice, I recommended just running through all of the questions on the review once more without my assistance. I will be able to assess progress next meeting."
"We reviewed topics in evolution specifically related to genetic drift and how mutations and the ability to pass genes (heredity) are what allow natural selection to take place. I was skeptical that there is such little information that will be tested on for biology, but there are still more topics to be taught before the exam per the student. I reminded him that he has to study every night until the exam to receive a good score. We also reviewed geometry in the second half of our session, and as usual, he performed strongly. He struggles with concepts that are not intuitive or require straight memorization. Additionally, I believe he needs to improve his basic arithmetic and fraction/ decimal arithmetic because when he misses problems, this is where he gets tripped up. Regardless, he and did well with the practice problems we worked on and we will meet once again before his next geometry exam."