Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was the first session where the student and I started to explore her SAT Chemistry test book. We began the session by reviewing material in stoichiometry for which the student had an upcoming test. Topics that we went over were the same from the previous class: limiting reactant problems, percent composition problems, empirical formula v. molecular formula problems, conversion problems and molar mass problems. I showed the student how to list out her computation to find the molar mass (or gram formula mass, as her teacher calls it) so that she doesn't make a computational error, and also so that it is easier for her to check her work. We did a few more practice problems. Then, we went into her SAT prep book and reviewed the material that they had for Stoichiometry. We also looked over the sections in the book that the student had already covered in class to find out what material we need to learn on our own so that she can be learning in her class in school and also in our sessions together. We finished by spending the last ten minutes going over an electronic practice test given in a CD-ROM at the back of her new SAT prep book. This turned out to be the most important of the session, as we uncovered many vocabulary words and topics that we weren't aware of. We wrote them down and defined them."
"We covered periodic trends including atomic size, ionization energy, ionic size and electronegativity. Significant progress was achieved as the student was able to better grasp the underlying concepts and rationale for the periodic table. We spent time going over practice problems in preparation for an upcoming exam which I feel she will be prepared for. At the end of the session I introduced covalent and ionic bonding and how this bonding can be demonstrated using the periodic table of elements. Overall, great session."
"We reviewed a prelab sheet on differences in the boiling point based on molecular mass and hydrogen bonding, and looked over the student's homework for understanding kinetic theory of the states of matter."