Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for his quiz coming up this Thursday. He is doing very well with naming compounds. He needed help most with the polyatomic ions. However, he is really understanding the material now. He has his own practice to do. Overall, a great session!"
"Today, we continue to go over the aspects of Lewis structures as well as the corresponding ball and stick models. We also talked about polarity and how to determine whether or not a compound is polar or non-polar. We reviewed how to determine when elements have lone pairs vs. when they will have double or triple bonds."
"Today, the student and I reviewed for her chemistry final. She brought her grades, worksheets, and study guides for the semester. We reviewed areas that she had not done as well on, including the difference between ionic and covalent bonds, periodic trends, naming compounds, and properties of matter. Specific areas that she struggled with included density and ionic compounds. Overall, her grades over the semester have improved markedly."
"In this session, the student and I discussed the material that would be covered on her upcoming midterm exam. This included four chapters worth of introductory topics. Most information is purely factual (and thus can be learned via note cards), but concepts like net ionic equations must be practiced. Entering into the meeting, she was having some issues with reaction balancing, but she got much better at it over the course of the session. I demonstrated the value of balancing all elements other than hydrogen and oxygen first. I recommended the online tools as extra practice."
"Today, we finally met up and worked on the first half of the student's review worksheet for tomorrow's exam. I encouraged her to make flashcards or a flash list of the vocabulary words that the worksheet lists. Also, I suggested that she should practice solving more problems in chemistry to get back into the feel of the problems."
"The student's final is coming up so we did a review of key concepts in the course, starting with unit conversions, density, etc., then moving on to the kinetic theory of matter, Avogadro's number and the concept of the mole."