Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation for the chemistry test, we went through practice problems in stoichiometry and worked out multi-step problems requiring the writing of equations, balancing them, molar conversions, and calculating theoretical yield and percent yield. Reviewed class note slides on endothermic and exothermic reactions, drew reaction coordinate diagrams, and made relevant flash cards."
"In preparation for the student's upcoming chem test, we spent most of this session reviewing acid/base chemistry. We went through a series of practice problems the student had received from her teacher, and also solidified the concepts of pH, pOH, amphoteric species, neutralizations, dilutions, titrations, conjugate acids/bases, and the difference between definitions of acids/bases. I helped her prepare a sheet of useful equations and definitions to review before her exam. She expressed confidence in her grasp of the material by the end of the session. We also spent a bit of time reviewing the law of cosines for her upcoming math test. She is aware that she will simply have to memorize the laws of sines and cosines, but we did discuss ways to quickly determine which law should be used based on information given in the problem."
"The student has a quiz coming up, so we did a lot of review regarding calculating energy changes in chemical reactions (involving balancing equations), heats of combustion, and enthalpy. We worked through a series of sample problems in preparation for the quiz."
"We reviewed the concept of a mole, as well as the definitions of atomic mass and molar mass. I taught the student to employ dimensional analysis when solving for the moles or mass of a given compound. Further, I covered with the student how to use dimensional analysis to predict the amount of product that can be produced when given a certain amount of reactant, and visa versa. In the process, we observed the importance of balancing equations and using stoichiometric coefficients to determine the ratio of products to reactants."
"As of our session on Sunday, the student had not yet gotten his test back. Hopefully by our next session we will have a test to gauge our progress up to this point. This week, we worked on the gas laws. This can be a tricky subject, but the student's textbook does a good job of presenting the gas laws and the relevant equations in a logical manner. As we worked through the chapter, the student seemed to be picking them up quickly and was able to answer all of the practice problems we did without input from me. We finished by talking about the ideal gas law that puts everything together. I left the student with book problems to work through, and as always he knows he can contact me anytime with questions."
"The student and I started planning how to prepare for the AP test that is coming up in mid-May. We went over a practice essay problem that she did in class. When I asked her to explain and teach me how she solved the problem, she was able to verbalize the strategy and what the question was asking. However, she also realized that some of the topics, such as metabolism, she really needs to brush up before the exam. I gave her a homework to finish one practice exam, so next time, we are going to sit down and assess which areas needs more work."