Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Finished test corrections as part of review assigned by teacher to cover topic areas of weakness from last semester. Focused on determining type of reaction, predicting products, and balancing reactions."
"For this session, we worked on an assignment that the student had. She has to do an outline about her position on whether or not we should continue to use nuclear power plants. We talked about how nuclear power plants work and related it back to nuclear chemistry. Then we discussed all the pros and cons of nuclear chemistry and she decided to argue against it in her outline. She is supposed to complete the outline and find her sources by Monday so I can double check it and help her with APA formatting."
"Covered topics in chemistry including stoichiometry and empirical chemical formulas. Also worked on a little algebra, coving topics from order of operations, graphing and volume of objects. Recommended changing tutoring session to night before exams to better prepare."
"The student has an upcoming test focusing on stoichiometry which she has been struggling with. In particular, she has trouble understanding how to set up the proportions. We reviewed the worksheets she completed in class and then discussed some of those problems together while covering the answers. I gave her some simple tips on how to better set up and think about the problems so that they are easier to do. To end the session we completed one more worksheet together which focused on stoichiometric volumes of gasses. By the end of the time, the student seemed to understand the material much better,"
"The student did much better in the second quarter than in the first, and he did well on the semester exam he took between this and our last meeting. He is showing improvement. Tonight we went over gas laws, including the Gay-Lussac's Law, Charles' Law, Boyle's Law, and the ideal gas law. The student "gets" math so using numbers in these equations is very straight-forward for him. I think he will do well on his next test. I suggested that the student start reviewing now for his final cumulative exam, just a little at a time."
"We went over a bunch of chemistry concepts from his previous semester to help him review the basics. We went over trends in the periodic table of elements as well as chemical properties of elements related to the trends. We spent the last half hour going over the work from the previous week in solving double replacement reactions. He is still having some issues remembering functional groups and charges of different ions but he is improving."
"We covered unit conversion as well as calculating heat. The student was struggling the most with just simple algebra. At first she was struggling with what the units even mean and where to put the numbers in the equation, but then she figured that out. But she still had trouble with algebra. Her attitude was great throughout. She was a little stressed, but I calmed her down and she got the hang of everything. I gave her a strategy of how to remember the different units such as centi is like century and that means 100. I pointed out a few extra problems she should do in her textbook for practice. I did not see any scores, but she has a test on Wednesday."
"The student will have her exam on Tuesday so covered all her questions about the topic. The best thing was she provided all the lecture notes, answers to problems, and book that made our tutoring session smooth and easy. I explained to her how to solve the problems based on my understanding."
"We went over some of the student's chemistry topics by covering bond/molecular polarity. Although there were some concepts to iron out here, she had a clear understanding of these concepts by the end of the session. Additionally, she completed her math homework which were word problems assessing her knowledge of exponential/logarithmic functions."
"We worked on Lewis dot structures. The student took awhile to do them at the beginning of the game, but toward the end of the session he was able to build up his speed without losing his accuracy. Out of the 30 problems we worked through, he only missed two."
"We covered the basics of bonding and went over many examples to increase her understanding. We also did some geometry by working with Pythagorean theorem and working through some test problems that utilized that theorem."
"We went over his lab report as well as his chemistry material for his upcoming exam. The student is struggling with the details of the material/lab and the test taking strategies. He has decided to take his exam in the morning as it will allow him to be the most focused. He recently got a 100%, 97%, and an 88% on his most recent exams and labs in the subjects I am tutoring him in. No concerns."