Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over chapter 16 together. This covered acids and bases. We went over the three categories of acids and bases and the differences between each. We also went over strong acids and bases and weak acids and bases. We looked at the autoionization of water and how to calculate Kw. We practiced some problems as well."
"The student and I discussed circuits, because they were a topic which his class covered before we began to meet. We did a basic understanding of circuits and V=IR, and the power equation which Chris seemed to know very well. We then went on to discuss RC circuits. We continued with the student finishing all of the homework he had about optics. This brought us to the end of the session."
"The student and I mostly worked on coordination chemistry, focusing on nomenclature of coordination compounds, complex ion equilibrium, and Lewis acid and bases. As the professor assigns homework questions from the textbook, we used that as a starting point since she felt the notes from class weren't very helpful. By taking problems from the book and working them through on paper, we were able to establish some important fundamentals (e.g. electron orbitals and hybridization, electron flow in reactions involving Lewis acids and bases, how to name coordination compounds, different types of ligands). At the beginning of the session, she told me she came from a very non-science background and struggled with some of the basic things that many teachers assume have been taught, so I took that into consideration and broke things down to their most basic components before building them back up, which seemed to be a helpful approach. I also circled some of the problems in the book for her to try later using the ones we worked through together as examples. Overall, the session went well and she really appeared to benefit from talking through how she understood the problems and at what point she was getting lost."