Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered topics for upcoming quiz, concepts of boiling and melting points and trends in the periodic chart."
"During our first session, we discussed the material the student's course is currently covering as well as the chapters the class has already completed in the textbook. She had a homework assignment on reaction types including: single-replacement, double replacement, combustion, and synthesis. She was able to complete the homework with very few questions and was confident with the material. In preparation for her exam this upcoming Thursday, we reviewed rules for naming ionic compounds, covalent compounds, acids, and bases, as well as writing net ionic equations and identifying spectator ions. We completed several practice problems on each topic and the student expressed that she felt more confident with the material."
"Today, we went over the assignments and found that the student struggled with unit conversion. To help with this, I had her do the conversions step by step and write out all the units, having her trace the changes in units to help her visualize what was happening. We've decided we will work on this more over the week. Next, we went over the periodic table and she did excellent with memorizing parts of the table as well as recognizing certain elements, trends, etc. We briefly went over what the groups and periods represented and changes associated with moving up and down the periodic table, including electronegativity and ionization energy, etc. The student and her father also specifically asked that I help her review for the health occupation aptitude test, which will take place on February 26th, and it will cover areas from math and science to English. The student struggled with intermediate and complicated arithmetic, often being unable to work with larger digit numbers. To help her cope with this, I taught her how to break larger numbers down using guesstimation. She also had trouble with some simple multiplication, so I had her go over and memorize the multiplication table, making flash cards to help with the process. We've decided to schedule an extra hour per session dedicated to helping her with integrated algebra and reviewing basic arithmetic. For each session, we will do 2 hours of chemistry, 1 hour of integrated algebra, and 1 hour doing practice and review for the health occupation aptitude test."