Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the electronic structures of the atoms and orbitals and discuss the hybridization of the atoms. We solved some problems related to Lewis Structures and hybridization. I asked the student to let me know in advance about her problems so that I can prepare more materials for her . No concerns."
"We went over solubility and using Ksp values to determine if a salt will dissolve in solution. Given the practice problems, the student showed impressive progress since previous sessions. Her problem solving ability has improved and she seems more confident to tackle problems that are just beyond her current ability. Future sessions will preview quantum mechanics and bonding theory since these topics have yet to be discussed in class. Excellent session."
"The student got a 91 on her last test! She was very excited. Today we reviewed for her final which she is taking on Saturday. We went over stoichiometry problems, molarity and volume problems, titrations, empirical formulas, and a little bit of net ionic and redox reactions. We also went over solubility. We will meet again Friday before her exam Saturday to continue reviewing."
"Today I went over the practice test I made for the student and isolated the issues she was having when naming compounds and writing out their equations. She was having the most problem identifying and naming acids. I clarified the definitions of acid, cation, and anion, and then broke down the rules for naming them. The second most common mistake she made was from just not knowing the name of complex anions - the only solution to this is just to memorize them. I asked her to take the week to memorize 1/3 of the names and charges of anions listed on a sheet I left with her. Each time I see her I will be giving a very brief quiz over the names she should be memorizing to see how her progress is going. We spent the other half of the time working on moles, molecules and percent composition problem. She excelled at this topic and needed very little help from me."
"This was my first session with the student and I think it went very well. We focused more on reviewing concepts for her exam tomorrow on periodic trends and electron configuration. She was having the most difficulty with understanding the sublevels for atomic orbitals but I tried my best to explain them. I also provided her with several Online resources that cover the topic well. Starting next week we will work on kinetics, bonding, and vsepr models of molecular bonding so I will prepare a lesson ahead of time."
"We spent today's session working on a lab that the student had due. The lab was designing a hand warmer. The lab explored the topics of heat of reactions. The student was able to understand the concepts, but could not understand what the lab was asking due to limited instructions. We worked through some sample calculations for what she might be expected to know."
"We reviewed periodic trend and interactions in proton/electron. We went over chapter 7 in preparation for her upcoming quiz/test. She shows understanding of the material."
"In this session, I helped the student to begin preparing for an upcoming quiz at school on several Chemistry chapters. According to her preference, we sifted through chapters to go over concepts and corresponding problems for which she felt she needed strengthening."
"Both students worked through chemistry concepts. Student 1 asked about molecular geometry and Lewis dot structures, while Student 2 worked through chemical equations and combinatorial reactions."
"The student and I went through a practice test that she was given, covering light and wave phenomena and atomic spectra. She was a bit rusty on the light problems, but she got the hang of them quite quickly. The electron configuration problems were very easy for her. She also was not informed on quantum numbers, but after a quick overview, she had this reasonably down as well. After completing the test, we were at the end of our session, but I advised her to go through definitions and the more mathematical problems again so that she would be more familiar with using the equations."
"In this session, we covered the ideal gas law and how to find the various components to it, mole ratios, partial pressure, and finding the composition of an element based on percentages. Overall, he seemed to leave with a better understanding of the material, although he is a quiet student so it is difficult to read feedback."
"This was the first session the student and I had together. We talked about what she would like to get out of her tutoring sessions and what she's struggling most with in class. She is very bright and should not need very much additional help to get her grade up to an A in this class. During this session, we went over calculating empirical and molecular formulas, intermolecular forces, and calculating pH and pOH. Next session, we will go over additional topics and start getting the student used to answering AP exam free response problems, as well as some exam and study tips to ensure she does well on her exam in the spring."