Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the final review worksheet which covered calculated rate constants, bp/fp changes, solubility, and acid/base pH. She will work on the second half of the problems which we will go over next time. She is doing really well!"
"The student and I met to discuss chemistry and mathematics. We started off working on nomenclature and balancing chemical reactions, then covered VSEPR in some depth. I talked through each of the molecular geometries to illustrate why they were the favored configuration, and explained the difference between electron domain and molecular geometry. This chapter in the book dealt with orbital hybridization, and though we hadn't learned it in class yet, I explained it to her and had her practice. We also reviewed Algebra 2 material including probability, dependent and independent events, mutually exclusive events, etc. I explained the probability rules for conjunction and disjunction of events."
"The student and I continued our work on rate laws and equilibrium. We started work on ICE tables and calculating equilibrium constants."
"The student took his test yesterday and said he felt pretty good about it. He now has an unexpected quiz coming up this week, so we went over the material specific to the quiz. We reviewed how to find the percent mass of each atom in a molecule and then learned how to convert between moles, grams, atoms, and molecules. I gave him a sheet with about 5 equations he should study for this next quiz, and he should be good to go. He got really good at doing the conversions, so I think it should go well. He is going to talk to his teacher about the test he wants to retake, and we will work on that material at our next meeting."
"The student and I reviewed alkanes, alkenes and alkynes. We covered isomer types and molecule 3D shape in space. We also practiced nomenclature of compounds containing single and double carbon bonds, and Lewis structures (dot structures) of molecules. His latest test score received was 79/80."
"We reviewed the student's earlier tests. The areas she had the most questions on were polyprotic acids and acid-base titrations, so we looked through some more examples and I reminded her of the definitions of equilibrium constants and how to fill them in from problem statement. We also spent a little time looking at GC-related calculations, which she had been unsure of. We will need to review these again later."