Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued all of our work from the previous session to address mole conversions and mastery of naming compounds and molecules with standard naming."
"Covered pH calculations and neutralization reactions. Since it was the beginning of the semester, we did a lot of practice problems as well. Practiced naming and chemical formulas, especially pertaining to acids and bases. Defined a Bronsted-Lowry acid and base. Solidified the creation of H20 and a salt from a neutralization reaction. Reaffirmed how to balance chemical formulas and reactions. Thoroughly explored how to utilize pH calculations using logs and "anti-logs". Had the student memorize the pH Problem Solving Diagram. Explained the difference between H+ and H3O+. Explained why it's called a neutralization reaction. Finished both practice worksheets (one on pH/ pOH calculations and the other on simple and complex neutralization reactions). Explained the hydrogen content of acids and the usual form of H~ and ~OH for bases; showed the ammonia/ ammonium exception to explain what truly defines an acid and a base using Bronsted-Lowry definitions. Made a few practice problems on the spot for him to further conceptualize acids and bases."
"We covered fractional/percentage of isotopes, the organization and meaning of the periodic table, and naming of compounds. The student struggled with naming compounds. He had homework problems on naming compounds that he will do. I also scanned and emailed an abbreviated/simplified set of compound naming rules for him to continue studying."
"Today, the student and I went over intermolecular forces. He caught on to the concepts very quickly, especially when given real-life examples, and was able to answer my review questions. He had trouble with a few concepts, but he quickly corrected these mistakes upon later review. I am so glad to hear that he made a 95 on his last test, and I have no doubt that the same results will show on his future tests."
"We talked about ions, their formation, their compounds, and their naming systems. The student is doing well learning largely on his own, and he did very well recently when we talked about his chemistry studies. We will be planning to talk about covalent compounds and bonding in the next session."
"I reviewed net ionic equations and the common ion effect with the student. Afterwards, we went over the practice problems his teacher gave him in preparation for his test. He demonstrated a great understanding of the concepts."