Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for his test on Stoichiometry and Chemical Reactions, especially re-iterating a focus on the principle of Conservation of Mass. Because this topic is so closely tied with previous studies in ionic and covalent compounds, especially acids, it also served as a nice, comprehensive review of things we worked on last time we met."
"The concepts covered were: Ideal Gas Law, VESPR, Stoichiometry, qualitative analysis, and general problem solving methods. The student, although feeling unprepared according to his own testimony, was rather astute and willing to try hard. His attitude towards said discrepancies were admirable; the student owned his mistakes and displayed a great amount of discipline and work ethic. I include various methods upon approaching a problem by employing analogies and allude to other, more known concepts. I try and give him the chisel in lieu of watching me carve a problem. I left him with a number of slides and suggestions on what subjects to emphasize when practicing--in this case, trying the multi-step problems. I believe that he and I made good progress in getting him caught up and ready for his exam."
"Met with the student and discussed his first organic chemistry class exam. We went over all the questions from the exam and also discussed some of the material his class professor is covering now. He pointed out that there is no assigned textbook for the course and that having problems to work on to practice for the exams would be useful, so I said I would bring my old organic chemistry textbook with me next time to provide problems to work through."
"In this session, we went over more force/tension problems. Luckily, the student's teacher had assigned her a lot of problems that covered a vast array of concepts from this section. Though she needed help on some of the problems, she understood the steps that I was taking and was able to apply them to the other problems to solve them!"
"We covered the topics of solar system structure, exoplanets, structure of the sun, and stellar characterization (spectra, temperatures, distance, and so on). We will be talking more about these topics tomorrow before the student's exam."
"The student had questions about 3 problems in his homework. The first involved adding either an acid or a base to a buffering solution used in a previous problem. I explained concepts of limiting reagents as they relate to acid-base problems. We used multiple methods of explaining the concept to adapt to his personal learning style. We then moved onto a comparison of strong/weak acids. Then, we covered pH of the buffer system with addition of the conjugate base; this required proving that the initial conditions would be inconsequential to the final results. Overall, he showed improvement during his session, shown both by his own statements and when actually doing the problems."