Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed stoichiometry and the ideal gas law. Emphasized manipulating the equation before plugging in the values to more easily follow the problem and your work."
"We decided to do chemistry today so that we can progress in her course and supplement the chemistry in the natural sciences part of the exam. We went over Lewis structures and I supplemented parts of the chemistry textbook with her course outline. The student got into Lewis structures pretty fast and we were able to progress into double and triple bonds as well as polarity. We did a review of probability for her math course and though she at first confused "or" and "and", with some review she picked it up. We also went into a review for enzymes and genetics for biology and then I assigned her some homework for math, chemistry and science."
"The student and I worked on two chapters from her chemistry book to prepare for her exam the following day. It was all based on the ideal gas law and how gases behave. I taught the student to just memorize the ideal gas law and derive all of the different proportions from it (e.g., Henry's law, Boyle's law, etc.). This helped her practice a lot. We worked through many problems using formulas for changing through units (pressure and Kelvin/Celsius). We did a little bit of work with partial pressure and effusion, and it was just a quick definition. I suggested to the student to practice these two areas more. At the end of the session, the student wrote down what we did so she knew what else to study (as in the other definitions or formulas that weren't on the chapter review that we did together). Next, we worked on math for a little bit. We tried to do some review problems on what she learned today and will learn tomorrow, which were complicated equations solving for x. They were complicated because x would be squared and/or in the denominator, and there were often more than one solution. I showed the student how to make almost every problem a proportion so that she could cross multiply, and that took a lot of her confusion away. We tried working on the problems with inequalities and the same crazy x sets, but they were very different since she had to create more than one equation to solve, so she had a lot of trouble with those but she started to grasp the concept."