Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over material from the student's last quiz, which included assigning oxidation numbers, strong bases and strong acids, and oxidizing agents vs reducing agents. He seemed to know the foundation for the material, but was getting the terminology confused. After we went over material from the quiz, we went over quantum numbers, energy equations with wavelength, speed of light, Planck's constant, and electron configuration. Once I explained how something is correct compared to what he thought before, he recognized the error. I think when he does more practice problems, he will be more comfortable with the material."
"The student and I discussed how to predict melting and boiling points based on physical properties of molecules and the types of intermolecular interactions they form. Further, we reviewed topics in solubility. We defined what spectator ions are in a reaction where a solid is formed. In addition, we discussed photosynthesis. We talked about the synthesis of ATP during the dark cycle, and we compared the Calvin cycle to Krebs cycle."
"We went through the student's worksheet for chemistry. It was about elements, their electron configuration, Lewis dot configurations, and unpaired electrons. I explained to her how she can use periodic tables to draw different structures. She understood them, and she was able to solve them by herself. Then we went through her algebra exam review. We covered imaginary numbers and factoring polynomials. I explained to her how she can use different methods to solve each question. She needs to practice more. She is doing well."
"1. This was the first session to prepare for the student's exam on Friday. We spent almost the entire lesson practicing how to apply problem solving techniques to gas law problems 2. Her confidence is still shaky. I encourage her to organize her thought processes and plan out the problem clearly before attempting to solve it. She also should make sure to clearly show her work so that she can maximize the number of points she gets. 3. She also she showed me her quiz grade, and it is the highest score she has ever received on a quiz."
"The student and I covered the entire section B in his textbook for review. He is starting to understand the subject matter beyond memorization. We have worked a lot on Chemistry, and at the end of each session, he seems to have a better grasp of the subject."
"We started this session by reviewing how to approach and write net ionic equations. The student quickly picked up how to write these reactions after only a couple of examples. After discussing net ionic reactions, we moved on to discuss thermodynamics. He is trying to get ahead of his lecture, so I followed the order of his lecture slides to discuss the topic. We discussed the definitions of key vocabulary terms for this chapter and what they mean in terms of chemical reactions. We talked about how the importance of the sign of our delta values in thermodynamics can be more informational than the values themselves. We looked at various chemical situations and discussed how to express the direction of the energy change. He had a much clearer understanding of the early thermodynamic topics and was able to relate them to chemical examples well. We have scheduled another session for tomorrow to continue discussing thermodynamics."