Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the gas laws for his upcoming chemistry test. We also got the chance to review his lab, which he had difficulty understanding in class. I am confident that he understood the concepts covered by the lab and will be able to apply them in the future. Specifically, he gained skills in understanding human error in the lab and how to interpret the effects of specific measurement errors in the final results. He should be in good shape for the upcoming exam, provided that he studies and memorizes the gas laws with their various names."
" Today, the student and I previewed the steps for balancing a redox reaction with an example reaction. We talked in depth about balancing charges, spectator ions and which compounds are oxidized and reduced. A useful thing for her to remember is that compounds in an aqueous solution will break into their charged components and that H2O readily reacts with other compounds to donate H+ ions. Today was focused a little more on terminology, and the student understood everything pretty well. She only has one chemistry class next week, where she will officially learn about redox reactions, which we previewed today."
"We covered basic beginning chemistry. I will bring practice questions for the type of problems that her class is doing."
"Today we went over the student's tests and tried to talk about what the question is testing him on. Most of the material he knows and immediately understands what he is being asked. I went through some more problems where I verbally asked, "what is this problem testing you on, how do you plan on approaching that, are your units and sig figs appropriate," and I always make him show his work. I think we will continue to focus on nitty-gritty details so that he won't forget during his final."
"Today we continued our venture into organic chemistry, focusing on rings and functional groups. His book deals primarily with nomenclature, but we did get to discuss electronic configuration and aromaticity. We applied knowledge to understanding the differences between different kinds of fossils fuels and how they are formed."
"The student and I worked on acid/ base chemistry, solubility, concentration, volume, Henry's law, etc. We also covered inverse trig functions and the unit circle during the session. This was a very productive session."