Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on: Chemistry: Gibbs Free Energy --> Spontaneity: Exergonic vs Endergonic --> Enthalpy: Endothermic vs Exothermic --> System vs. Surrounding --> Entropy: Phase Changes and Change in moles --> Calculating Gibbs, Enthalpy, and Entropy."
"*We covered stoichiometry and the student did a worksheet containing problems. *The student found converting different units to be a challenge. *The student was very receptive throughout the process of solving all the problems. *I tried to guide the student but allowed him to make a decision on what the next step would be in problem solving so he could learn by applying the concepts. *The student did not have any material from his class so I was not able to assign him any extra practice. *I did not see any scores or note of progress. *I informed the student that I would be bringing in a chemistry book to our next session that we could utilize for deeper understanding through examples and extra problems."
"Discussed naming ionic compounds, balancing basic reactions, and identifying basic reaction types. The student was attentive and she often had the correct answers. She worked on one side of a work sheet of problems felt confident after finishing the other side. We discussed strategies for approaching and solving each type of problem. This was our first session, so there is no progress to report yet. However, she did seem more confident in her abilities and is hopeful that she will be able perform well in this course."
"In this session with the student we worked on chemistry. We spent most of the session on the combined gas law, and the remainder getting a little ahead with the Ideal gas law. His teacher left him with an assignment which we worked through, but there were additional problems which were a bit more challenging that we spent some time on. The student feels pretty comfortable with the material and is feeling upbeat about geometry as well."
"We went over finding the percent mass of molecules, heat, and electron configuration. We went over what mass is composed of a certain element and understanding the conversion between percent and decimal. I went over strategies and understanding the percentages."
"The student had a fairly strong grasp of the Ideal Gas Law equations from her chemistry class, so we spent the session working on her algebra work, particularly rational equations and fractions. We reviewed simplifying equations using cubic and quartic roots, and the student grew comfortable with them. We also went over irrational fractions, square roots, and cube roots."
"Finished text corrections as part of material review assigned by teacher. Focused on reviewing how to draw Lewis dot structures and determine geometry and polarity of a compound. The student had most trouble determining polarity of a compound so we spent time discussing what creates polarity within a compound."
"During yesterday's lesson, the student and I picked up where we had left off at our last session; she is still preparing for an upcoming test later this week, so the goal was to make sure that she had a solid understanding of the principles presented in the first three chapters of her textbook. Specifically, we continued to work with basic stoichiometry, solving problems of mass-to-molar mass-to-mole conversion, deducing empirical and molecular formulas from mass ratios of balanced equations, percentage-by-mass calculations, and introduced the use of basic algebraic equations to find molar masses of different elements based on the ratios of their isotopes. The student seemed a lot more relaxed and confident in her approach to the problems, and clearly has already mastered the material we covered last time."
"Reviewed aspects of solutions stoichiometry with practice problems. We conducted an overview of material from study guide to prepare for exam. In addition, completed practice problems to master steps for calculations. I also conducted a review of acids and bases, naming, and identifying concentration of solutions."
"Today we finished up stoichiometry and moved onto solutions. The student seems to have grasped the concepts a lot more. I'm very confident in his ability to complete stoichiometry problems. He has some trouble understanding what it is asked in some problems, which is understandable due to the language barrier. However, he is very eager to learn different terms in order to help him understand. As for solutions, he understood most of the terms. He did most of the work on his own, requiring me just a bit to help translate some topics. We didn't cover much for solutions, but I don't think he's having too much trouble so far."
"During this session, we went over a review packet that the student had. We reviewed VSPRS theory and how to find the shape of objects with more than four electron pairs. We looked at bonding types and how the intermolecular bonding affects the boiling point, vapor pressure, and melting point. We discussed how heat of vaporization is related to vapor pressure. We also covered Lewis structures and what rules need to be followed in creating them. Molarity, mole fractions and molality were also discussed."
"The student and I worked on rate and concentration calculations that she was struggling with for her lab class. There were no concerns for this session. She understood the material much better after the session."