Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on a reaction rates lab report. I showed the student how to use Excel to perform repeated calculations easily. He seemed to grasp the overall concepts very well - comparing concentrations of reactants to the rate of reaction in order to find the overall reaction order."
"As per the course syllabus, the session focused on chapter 11 of the text. The material consisted of the properties of solutions, inclusive of concentration expressions, mole fractions, Raoult's law & vapor pressure, and colligative properties. The student is exceptionally bright and understood the concepts involved as quickly as I could articulate them. Within the next two weeks, the intensity of the course picks up considerably with kinetics and equilibrium equations."
"The following concepts were reviewed for an upcoming exam: - Solubility rules for gases, liquids ,and solids - Concentration Calculations including Molarity, Molality, Percent by Mass. - Henry's Law"
"We focused on stoichiometry for his test coming next week. I gave the student multiple stoichiometry examples that appear the most often. We work on the strategies that each one needs. I left the student with preparing for next lesson by reading limiting reagents."
"The student and I covered more mole problems this week. Specifically, we worked on more complex problems that require finding the limiting reactant first. She is improving significantly each time we talk about these types of problems, but I would recommend that she continue to practice. We also went over her recent lab about adding HCl to baking soda. We discovered that she didn't have all the data she needed to finish the lab, but we made some notes on how to solve the math portion and she said she will speak with her teacher about getting some new numbers so she can solve the lab properly."
"We worked on preparing for her upcoming chemistry exam: covering heat, state change charts, and using the equation H = mc(delta)T. We completed problems from her study guide. She seemed to have a good understanding of the material and felt confident going into the exam. We also went over some geometry homework, which covered finding degrees of angles within a triangle. At the end of our time together, she had a very clear understanding of the material. As always, it was a very productive session and I look forward to working with her again Thursday at 7:30pm."
"We covered moles, percent composition, atomic weights and how to determine them, and empirical formulas. I included some strategies about how to go about solving the problems and general ways to think about the questions that pertained to the concepts being covered."
"Topics: First session. During our first meeting, we discussed the objectives for our sessions and the level of depth. We started by covering Chapter 2 - The Structure of the Atom. Our discussion included the subatomic particles, mass numbers, atomic numbers, and the build up of the periodic table."
"The student and I went through his recent test. We went through the algebra. We also went through what he is learning this week- light, energy, and the structure of the atom. He appears to have a solid understanding of that material."
"We covered ions and molecular nomenclature. I showed her how to use the periodic table with the table her teacher gave her."
"Reviewed for upcoming test over naming compounds, balancing reactions, and predicting products from a reaction. Focused on reviewing polyatomic ions and practicing stoichiometry problems. Also discussed different types of information that can be determined from a periodic table."
"We went over freezing-point depression and boiling point elevation. The student was struggling most with making simple mistakes on his exams and working too quickly through his work. I talked with him about working a little more methodically and working through his problems carefully, as well as going over content."