Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we covered textbook problems assigned as a review for this unit. Overall, the student is good at solving math problems. Also, he knows much of the theory presented in the chapter. However, since the teacher tests on small details from the theory, it is important that he does a final review on the theory. There were problems on the review that are from previous units and he needed review on those materials. We'll work on that in our next session."
"The student completed her take-home test. She understands thermodynamics very well and I can definitely see progress with her skills in chemistry. She seems much more confident in the material now. Next session, we will work on geometry together."
"In our two meetings, the student and I went over a series of practice problems in preparation for a chemistry exam on thermodynamics and gas laws. He had struggled on a few of the questions prior to our meeting, so we covered them first. I believe that the sessions were highly productive due to his high level of focus and interest in the material. As we went through each of the three chapters, I relayed problem solving tips aimed at building an intuitive understanding of things. For extra practice, I recommended reviewing all of the questions we had done before the test."
"Today we covered mostly Lewis dot structures. This involved covering the concept of valence electrons and dealing with all of the formatting and geometry involved with dot structures."
"We met to discuss the student's class project on vapor pressure. We worked out an outline of her presentation so that she could begin her PowerPoint. In the process of writing out the outline, I explained the concept of vapor pressure and gave some ideas of how she could illustrate the point to a class. I told her to read the entire chapter on the topic and then begin her presentation. On Wednesday, we will meet for Algebra II."
"We devoted today's session to finishing our coverage of equilibrium. We reviewed the method for algebraically calculating the equilibrium concentrations of various reactants and products (using the "ICE" method) and reviewed Le Chatelier's principle for concentrations, pressure/volume, and temperature. The student has a solid understanding of most of this material, particularly when using Le Chatelier's principle to predict the direction in which a reaction will proceed. More practice problems involving computation equilibrium calculations will definitely help."