Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We met to discuss the Chemistry concepts listed in the Chemistry course description. I performed a short review of subatomic particles, which he absorbed and understood. I also discussed matter and energy, their difference, and how they relate to each other. I continued to discuss chemical and physical properties and chemical and physical changes, which he understood very quickly. He was able to give me a few examples of each and complete a worksheet on the subject. We were able to discuss compound nomenclature for metal-metal, non-metal-metal, and non-metal - non-metal bonded compounds. We also had to discuss basic bonding theory and electron transfer and sharing for him to name more complex compounds, to write compound formulas from names, and to predict products given reactant elements. I also briefly covered physical measurements, units, conversion, and scientific notation as an introduction. He learns very quickly, listens attentively, and is quick to answer questions accurately."
"Today we reviewed the Unit 6 and 7 practice problems that I had made for the student during the week. Unit 6 problems focused heavily on naming chemical compounds and balancing reactions. The student has really gotten the hang of balancing reactions now; she almost never makes mistakes with this. But naming is still somewhat of a challenge, so we agreed to practice extra on naming. She has improved significantly since we first covered the material, but she needed a little memory refresher. Unit 7 problems were molar conversion and percent composition problems. For the most part, she can confidently set up these conversions and the algebra comes naturally to her. We'll continue to refresh these units to make sure nothing gets stale before exam day. She has electronic copies of all the practice sheets I've made for her so she can print out as many blank sets as she wants and do the problems fresh as often as she wants."
"We spent most of the session reviewing organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. I also went over her Geometry test with her and reviewed with so that she can get a higher grade on her retake."
"We covered graph inequalities for the student's algebra course. Then we covered moles, gram/moles and molecular formula for his chemistry course. In chemistry, he is starting to understand how to find certain values (e.g. moles, molar mass). He was very receptive towards learning. I recommended that he does more practice problems."
"Today was primarily spent reviewing an old test. It specifically pertained to ideal gas law and oxidation/reduction concepts. The student doesn't have many issues understanding the subject matter, but she lacks confidence in finding the correct way to answer workout problems. We plan on going over coursework tomorrow and doing review problems, in addition to review of unfamiliar concepts."
"I mainly worked on enzyme kinetics with the student. She had trouble starting on her homework, so I explained how the Michaelis-Menten equation was derived and its uses. We were able to go over half of her homework problems before the end of the session."