Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the rate constant. This student seems to be understanding the material. He has problems in the book to practice. There were no concerns from this session."
"Our session today was composed of reviewing a couple problems related to the students' recent (and apparently ongoing) exam in which they were asked to analyze a particularly difficult redox reaction involving a titration of a reaction product. After some difficulty understanding the problem, we finally got there and both of them displayed some understanding. Other than the one problem, they expressed confidence in their ability to perform well on the rest of the exam, which was very encouraging to hear. For the remainder of our session, I gave a short lecture introducing the properties of gasses, and the relationships between the number of molecules (moles), pressure, volume, and temperature. Since their next assignment and lecture have not been given, we took the opportunity to look ahead and give them a head start on having a solid understanding before approaching the work."
"The student got a 89 on her Chemistry test last week, which she was very excited about! Today we worked on a homework assignment. Topics covered included redox reactions, balancing equations, stoichiometry, empirical formulas, galvanic cells, and some electrochemistry. The student did pretty well with the assignment today. I think her confidence has improved since the test. She remembers how to do the required calculations very well, and is making fewer calculation errors."
"The student and I reviewed for her test in stoichiometry. We completed a packet she was given for practice which included some difficult problems. The student was able to make connections and complete the problems."
"The student is very smart and understands the concepts she is learning. We went over molecular conversions - how to change moles into grams and vice versa. We additionally worked on empirical and molecular formulas - understanding the difference and how to calculate both correctly. Lastly we determined how to calculate the percent and/or mass of an atom or molecule from a chemical reaction, integrating the recently learned skills during molecular conversions."
"In this session, we worked on some questions from the Chemistry diagnostic test. We started working on some questions on acid/base chemistry and together, the student and I defined the different types of acids & bases (Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis). I do not have any concerns from this session."
"The purpose of our first session was primarily to assess where the student is in terms of his familiarity with the course material. We started a review of basic concepts that included periodic trends, atomic theory, and bonding. We will work to fill gaps in his understanding of atomic theory. Overall, it was a good first session. We plan to meet again Thursday."
"In this session, we reviewed aspects of stoichiometry, percent yield, limiting reactant, balancing equations, net ionic equations, solubility problems, and naming acids. He gained a good understanding of the subject material after I explained why the procedures were being done."
"Today we reviewed hybridization and how hybrid orbitals determine sigma and pi bonds. We also looked at completing Lewis structures for complex molecular structures. Overall, he has a very good grasp of the material. We will continue to work on understanding structure through visualizing 3-D figures. It takes some time learning how to view the structure and visualize it. However, once we established why something was a given way, he was able to figure out where to apply that."
"The student did a ton of work on her own time and is making my job easy! We covered the same chapter as last time, ch 5 Thermodynamics. She found practice problems online in a packet that we went through and she seemed to be getting the concepts very well. What was left of the packet she said she would finish and I invited her to ask me any questions, any time during the week, if she had any."
"Today, we reviewed the materials that was covered in the student's class. For the most part, she was very well versed and she scored a 95% on her previous test which improved her confidence. She needed a little help with naming molecular compounds, ionic compounds, and acids. We went over a bit of unit conversion and proportions on moles for her test. She had a question on telling apart electrolytes from non-electrolytes, which I gave her 3 main tips for. After she is finished with her test, I want her to memorize parts of the periodic table; for now, just the first two groups."
"Covered counting atomic particles inside an atom. We covered how many electrons are in an ion, number of protons in an atom, and how to determine the number of neutrons based on the mass. We reviewed conversions and density for her test. She did well in understanding the concepts."