Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our first session was mainly used to review the basics of NMR and emphasize the approximating nature of the spectrum. While certain functional groups in a molecule tend towards certain chemical shifts, other nearby groups may shift NMR peaks more or less, depending on how proximal they are. The best way to learn NMR will probably be to understand its background, such as the machine's magnetic nature and its effect on the nuclei within an atom. We plan to review some practice problems for the next session."
"Today we spent our session working through an old midterm exam that the student had previously completed. The questions were revisited in an attempt to deepen her understanding of some of the fundamental principles and definitions needed to continue progressing in her chemistry class. The student did well in answering most of the questions, but failed to elaborate upon answers when pressed with more detailed questions. She has a stronger foundation than before, but will require continuous effort to make up some of the lost ground as well as stay ahead of new information."
"The student and I discussed his homework assignment material on gas laws including Boyle's Law, Charles's Law, the combined gas law and the ideal gas law. His class had only covered Boyle's but we built off of those concepts to relate constant pressure to volume and temperature. He found this section to be very simplistic and did exceptionally well answering all of his homework problems. We moved onto the ideal gas law where we had a bit more conversions prior to using the ideal gas equation and had to do a bit more critical thinking to answer these problems. He got really familiar with his units for pressure, volume, density, temperature and the ideal gas constant. We finished his entire homework packet that was due when the class finishes these sections so he is ahead of his class by about a week."
"The student has a chemistry test the week after spring break over ideal gas laws. So we worked some problems using the ideal gas laws. She didn't have much trouble choosing the equation to use to solve each problem, but she did have struggle a bit when she needed to convert some of the numbers before putting them in the equation. We reviewed that temperatures she needs to remember need to be in Kelvin and anything in grams needs to be converted to moles."
"The student and I reviewed all the concepts of ideal gas laws today in preparation for her test on Friday. She is picking up things very quickly and is getting the right answers every time. I don't think she will have problems with the test with more practice. We did some problems together, but I left a large part of the practice packet for her to practice. I think she will get all of them"
"We reviewed the ideal gas law and practice problems for it. We worked on acid-base equilibrium; we reviewed Ka, Kw, Kb, pH, pOH and worked practice problems for these concepts. We started working on weak acid and base equilibrium as well as diprotic, triprotic, and amphiprotic acids."
"Reviewed Noble Gas Laws (P1*V1/T1=P2*V2/T2) and basic unit conversion for her homework. In particular, reviewed proper conversion of units for different measurements in the same property. The student was unfamiliar with the ladder/step method of unit conversion, which will be of great use to her as she progresses in Chemistry."
"We covered kinetics and electrochemistry. In kinetics, we went over how to find the rate order of a reaction given an experiment. We also covered differentiated vs. integrated equations and what they mean as well as looking for half-life. The kinetics portion was just review from old material because she said that was the toughest concept for her. She is now learning electrochemistry in class. We went over her notes and I added some extra details that might help. She was having the most trouble with terms (reduced, oxidized, reducing agent, oxidizing agent, galvanic, electrolytic, etc.). She understood everything after I went over it with her. She told me that she got a 48/50 on her quiz. She has very high standards for herself so she wasn't too happy about making minor errors but she knew it was a good score."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the study guide she and several of her peers prepared for their upcoming test. She had not yet composed answers to the short response questions that will be on her exam tomorrow, but she has my responses as well as the study guide, which should prove beneficial in preparing."
"We conducted a review of Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal gas laws, STP, and Dalton's Law of partial pressures. We completed practice of about 21 problems. We additional review of the Kinetic Molecular Theory definition. In addition, we discussed the relationship between Le Chatelier's Principle and Nerst equation correlation for an upcoming presentation."
"We met today to review for a chemistry test on Thursday. The test will cover molecular composition, gas laws, and heating compounds. Great job working through the review sheet. It's clear that these topics are coming back from a long break. Make sure to spend some more time this week going back through your notes and homework assignments and review some of the trickier problems."
"The student was preparing for an upcoming exam on Ideal Gas Laws. We spent the session doing practice problems concerning Charles', Boyle's and the Noble Gas Laws. I also re-enforced concepts such as Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP), as well as the barometer and the units of Pressure."