Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The topics we discussed in today's session included Van der Waals forces, common radicals, polyatomic ions, nomenclature and naming of acids, atomic radius, periodic trends, electronegativity, ionic and covalent bonds. The student has a good attitude. She asked me some conceptual questions rather than specific ones. I can see that she is interested in a broad understanding of the material. She will let me know if we can get together again tomorrow before the exam."
"The student's class has begun covering organic chemistry. We reviewed how to name alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes, along with basic alkyl substituents along the main chain. We practiced drawing pre-named compounds, as well as naming pre-drawn compounds."
"We reviewed the old material such as Stoichiometry and other basics of chemistry. Learned how to do Empirical and molecular formulas, also balancing equations. The student got a good sense of these subject areas before leaving today."
"Today's session focused on stoichiometry. We calculated relative amounts of reactants and products in balanced chemical equations using gram-mole conversions and molar ratios. We reviewed the student's class notes and worked several examples. I suggested some websites for extra practice."
"The student and I had a great session. We talked about how her test went from last week. She said she feels like the test went really well, and that it was actually pretty easy! We also talked about specific heat, the laws of thermodynamics, calories, and heat change. We worked through her homework assignment, and talked about some examples and applications of the subject. Our next session is scheduled for next Sunday."
"The student and I worked on chemistry today. Specifically, determining the limiting reagent from a chemical reaction. She did very well after we went through a practice problem together. The concept for this section is easy to explain and once she made it through the first problem it went smoother. We are meeting again on Wednesday this week to prepare for her test and work on more practice problems."
"The student worked on homework that practiced and reviewed the gas law, using the gas law, finding various properties of a reaction given a combination of the volume, pressure, moles, and temperature. She worked on problems that gave both moles directly as well as indirectly through grams of a reactant or a product."
"Today, the student and I went over ideal gases and their properties. We worked primarily through concepts such as what qualifies as an ideal gas and what deviates from ideal gas behavior. We reviewed concepts like Lewis dot structures and temperature kinetic energy. Though they had just started the unit in class, she was quick to grasp concepts and conceptualize them."
"The student and I reviewed all the major topics for her first quiz including unit conversions, significant figures, scientific notation, substances mixtures, atoms, elements, isotopes, nuclear particles, electron configuration valence electrons, density, and specific heat calculations. It was a massive review and she stuck through it with great energy and perseverance, asking important concept clarification questions! I think she made some really strong progress in a few areas, particularly electron configuration and unit conversion."
"I gave the student some basic conventions regarding orbital filling, orbital shape, energy stabilization. He struggled with it at the beginning, but by the end he began to understand how orbital filling worked. I told him that I would send him some practice problems throughout the week that he could work on."
"The student and I solved several practice problems involving conversion factors, isotopes, percentage composition, and empirical molecular formula. The problems focused more on testing how well he could understand these concepts and were done in preparation for his upcoming exam. They were located at the end of chapter 7 in his textbook."
"We reviewed topics from last session (vapor pressure, etc.) and covered new topics including colloids and colligative properties."