Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we began the session with three chemistry free-response questions. After the student attempted them, we went over all the questions in detail. Following the chemistry practice exam, we began review of old material for his exam. We covered stoichiometry, empirical formula calculations, and balancing redox equations. Tomorrow and Sunday, we will finish reviewing over all material that will be on his exam on Monday."
"The student and I continued to review her notes in preparation for her upcoming AP chemistry final. Today, we reviewed buffers and titrations, practicing several problems. The student was able to solve the problems on her own by the end of the session. We talked through the problems in her notes and then solved additional problems from the AP review book. We also reviewed solubility and Ksp. We did not have much time to practice these problems, but she has practice problems online and her in AP review book to work on."
"The student and I reviewed several questions about gasses. He also got the answer key to the first 7 chapters of the exam review. Of the ten pages of questions, we answered three problems incorrectly. One was a math mistake and the other two were easily understandable. We returned to the exam review package and completed the problems for chapter 9, 10 and 11. We will complete 12, 13, 14, and 15 tomorrow and that will be my last session as the student has his exam next Tuesday."
"In our last session, the student attempted to finish up the last portion of her summer hw assignment. She has proven to be a very intelligent and self-sufficient learner."
"During this session, I quizzed the student again on solubility and strong acids and bases. I did not quiz her on oxidation number rules. When going over the quiz, we reviewed on a more conceptual basis what it means to be a strong acid and base, and what it means to be soluble. I answered questions she had from Chapter 5 work problems, and then we spent the last 30 minutes or so working on the concept of titrations. For Thursday, she will review Chapter 6, do the problems at the end of the chapter and read into Chapter 7."
"Today we continued to work out stoichiometric problems and how to calculate the percent yield. We reviewed isotopes and finding percent abundance. We wrapped up the session by going over hybridization. The student has a wonderful foundation in chemistry and catches on very quickly. She asks questions if she does not understand."
"The student and I continued our review of Chemistry 1 by reviewing Lewis structures and hybridization. I left him with a few things to look over so that we can begin going over kinetics and other Chemistry 2 topics that he will be studying this summer."
"We started to look at physical and chemical properties of compounds today. Most of the time was spent introducing stoichiometry, significant figures, simple dilution problems, and mole conversions. She is good with math so this was not to difficult for her. I left her with problems to complete before the next session. She seems to be enjoying chemistry more and more."
"The student completed his Chemistry review sheet and I'm confident that he's ready to begin the year with a strong foundation. He received clarity on each problem and has a clear process for answering the early challenges of the course."
"The student had some summer homework to complete before the first day of class in September. It was composed of various sections in 7 different chapters. We managed to get through one chapter with all of the assigned homework problems from that chapter. We covered basic stoichiometry concepts. He seemed to catch on to the material fairly quickly after a brief review of each topic. We have scheduled three additional sessions throughout this next week."
"I taught the student how to apply the equations for the energy of a photon to her homework problems. We also went over the relations ship between wavelength, frequency and speed of light. We spent some time going over unit conversions and the SI units she would need to know. In addition, we discussed the Bohr's model and what it tells us about a electron traveling around a nucleus."
"My first session with the students was spent mainly getting a feel for the online tutoring platform and also learning their style and what kind of help they will be looking for. Most of the session was spent working through a few questions on their homework assignment in preparation for their first exam this Friday covering the first couple chapters of their textbook. These chapters dealt with some general chemical history and scientific methodology (Ch 1) and basic atomic/molecular structure (Ch 2), most of the homework questions covering the latter. I also spent some time answering general questions about molecular densities, electronegativity, and atomic mass among others. Both students already have recent background in chemistry, so I expect a lot of our sessions to be reviewing and expanding on concepts and skills they are previously familiar with."