Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test coming up, she will need to focus on types of bonds that can form and their hybridization. She also needs to know molecular geometry and resonance as well as the 4 types of reactions her teacher is concerned with (condensation, displacement, double displacement, and combustion)."
"The student and I went over Lewis dot structures, molecular geometries, bond angles, polarity, and intermolecular forces. We had a discussion about the concept of resonance. We went over many practice problems during our session where I would provide her with a compound of elements and she would answer the questions I asked her. Everything went well! She has a quiz this upcoming week."
"In algebra, we went over a test review. It covered the domain and range of square root functions and cube root functions, as well as graphing these functions and describing transformations of them. The review also included simplification and evaluation of equations containing square or cube roots. In chemistry, we worked on homework that covered phase diagrams and energy. The phase diagram worksheet went over the various points on a phase diagram and concepts regarding phase changes. The energy worksheet dealt with converting between calories, Calories, and joules."
"We reviewed for the first student's chemistry test tomorrow. The test covers gas laws, and she was confident in the material. I worked with the second student on the same topic."
"The first hour of this session we focused on chemistry, due to the test she has this week. We went over how to calculate the amount of product produced using the limiting reagent as well as other concepts regarding the ratio and relationships between reactants and products. She did well with these topics. We moved on to word problems that would help her study for her test. The last part of the session we focused on algebra. She's started a new chapter in her class that includes graphing complex polynomials. We reviewed the concepts and theories that were presented in this chapter, such as the fundamental theory of algebra. Then we did a corresponding example problem."
"Today we finished the practice exam we worked on during our previous session. I gave the student pointers on approaching electrochemistry to make his studying more effective. I encouraged him to do plenty of practice problems between now and the exam."
"We worked on chemistry in preparation for the student's exam and also covered some geometry. He seems to understand the material that will be tested on the exam, and we completed the study guide his teacher provided. I urged him to re-work the odd-numbered problems from the guide for practice and, at the least, questions 7 and 8, which are representative of the more-difficult question types he will see on the exam. We started work on geometry units 7.4 and 7.5. He will complete a few more questions on the 7.4/7.5 worksheet and his math homework prior to class tomorrow."
"Several concepts were covered in preparation for the student's test. We went over solutions and solubility, the interactions between solutes and solvents, rate reactions, orders of reactions, and factors affecting reaction rates. We reviewed strategies for determining when to apply certain equations. She was positive and curious throughout the session and said she understood the material much better."
"We reviewed the problem set focusing on weight conversions involving moles and atoms. Conversions were expanded to include units of volume and density. Only two topics in Chapter 10 remain, and we will combine them in our next session. Upon completion of Chapter 10, we will solve the practice problems at the end of the chapter. From there, chapters 11 and 12 -- on chemical equations and stoichiometry, respectively -- will be addressed simultaneously. I asked her to finish the homework assignments for chapters 7-9."
"I helped the student with her homework on phase diagram and melting/freezing point graphs. We went over what the different parts of the graph meant and answered questions regarding the different phases of matter, KE, PE, and cooling. Excellent session!"
"Today was focused on preparing the student for his quiz tomorrow. We reviewed converting grams to moles and atoms as well as converting grams of one element to grams of another through Avogadro's number. We also reviewed dealing percents by mass and determining molecular and empirical formulas from those percents. He seemed to have some difficulty with this section, and so I tasked him with completing the practice problems I had sent on February 15th as well as a short quiz I wrote up on a website that was along the same lines. Lastly, we worked on balancing chemical equations, determining the driving force, and calculating chemical quantities (i.e. if given the mass of a sample of reactant, determine amount of product produced). We did not discuss limiting reagents today as his teacher specified that it wouldn't be on the quiz (however it will be on the exam)."
"We discussed acid base equations alongside various theories (Lewis/ Bronsted/Lowry/ Arrhenius) in detail. We did a few practice problems to be sure the student understood the concepts in detail as the next few classes will build on these theories quickly. We also quickly reviewed pH and how pKA and log values are used to figure which compounds are acids and bases in certain solutions. She seemed naturally interested in the material and showed initiative by asking to look over material not yet discussed in class. I am looking forward to hearing about her last test in Biology. She made an 85 but has not received the test back yet."