Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her chemistry homework together today. She did excitingly well in this section. The primary focus of this section was an introduction to acid-base reactions. We made it through the homework that they have covered in class thus far. She understands the concepts from this section very well. I left her with an extra review packet that explains the background concepts of acid-base reactions. The packet includes extra practice questions and a thorough explanation of the answers if she gets stuck."
"This week the student and I discussed converting joules to calories and Calories. Also, we covered endothermic and exothermic reactions, reviewed definitions of temperature, energy, phase changes, and heats of formation. The student has a quiz on this material tomorrow and seemed to have a good understanding in preparation for her quiz."
"We went over Kw, pH, and pOH. He has a great attitude. He has homework problems to look over. I will see him tomorrow to prepare for his upcoming exam."
"Today I first asked if the student had any questions from our last session about matter, energy, and the phase change diagram. She had no trouble so we started on gas laws. First we discussed Boyle's law and the relationship between pressure and volume. I taught her the difference between direct and indirect relationships and how to write a formula for each. We next went into Charles' law for temperature and volume as well as pressure and temperature. I showed her how to combine them all into a Combined Gas law. I also briefly covered Alvarado's law and then showed her the ideal gas law. Finally we practiced some problems using the laws and formulas."
"Today, the student and I worked on her Chemistry test review for her upcoming test on Tuesday. We went through the problems and I guided her in using the correct conversion factors, molar ratios, and stoichiometric ratios. We went through all of the questions with her talking through how to do the question, while I guided and assisted her. With the topics she had a harder time with, I created additional practice problems that we reviewed to provide an opportunity to fully master the concept."
"Today we discussed what the student has been going over the past week in his class. This includes the types of chemical bonds, their characteristics, and how you can identify them based on their chemical equation. The student created a chart outlining these bonds for his future reference."
"During the first part of the session, the student and I discussed a study guide his teacher provided him for the upcoming exam on matrices. The student wrote out examples and we discussed the examples to make sure he understands the thought process of each question type. The second part of the session, we spent time reviewing geometry content for his exam on Wednesday. We reviewed examples from all 5 units. Last, we discussed molarity calculations."
"We spent a lot of time on chemistry today like last time and really drilled the compositions and nomenclature of anions and cations. The student is doing much better with this and I think he is at a point where he knows the names and all the associated information. We also worked on geometry and he knows what he is doing and has good processes to do the questions."
"The student is starting to cover electron configuration, covalent bonding, Lewis structures, and quantum numbers in her chemistry class. First, we did an online homework quiz that covered mostly covalent bonding. She does really well with Lewis structures because there is a step by step process that is the same every time and it is also very visual. When we started talking about electron configuration and quantum numbers, I explained it to her using pictures and I showed her how the periodic table is actually based on the electron configuration. This seemed to make more sense to her once it was explained visually and I could show her exactly what the different quantum numbers mean. We are going to meet for an extra session on Sunday to finish going over these concepts and do some practice problems so that she is ready for her quiz on Monday."
"Today the student and I worked on gas laws and unit conversions. These concepts are very straightforward and only require basic algebra to understand them (as well as formula manipulation). He did well and got everything right with little to no help from me. As long as he keeps his units straight and remembers to convert where appropriate, he will do well on any tests he has relating to this subject. He also tells me that he has been getting B's on recent tests/quizzes, which I am pleased to hear."
"We reviewed the gas phase in preparation for the student's exam on Tuesday. Her knowledge of the concepts seems sound, and she had no trouble understanding the gas law equations. However, she had a little difficulty getting the setups right during example problems. They were usually unit conversion issues. That seems to have been the only issue she had with the chapter. If she does some practice problems today and tomorrow, I'm confident that she'll be more than ready for her exam."
"We covered gas laws that included ideal, Charles, Boyle and combined. I introduced the uses and the reference to STP. Most of the steps were reviewed to incorporate conversions from mass to volume. We then conducted application through about 25 practice problems. Further review was needed in reference to diffusion rate and collision property concepts."