Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the various gas laws, and properties of gases. Student understood the concepts but sometimes lost concentration when setting up the equation. His attitude was very positive. He had practice questions from school and we covered all relevant questions relevant to the topics. I have no concerns or questions."
"Today, the student and I reviewed how to calculate molarity and parts per million. The student had a good base understanding of how to do these calculations, so we basically did practice problems for the entire session. I took some practice problems from Google and simply allowed him to work on them. He didn't need too much assistance when he calculated for molarity. However, he had a bit of difficulty calculating for volume and moles. Once we went over it, he understood it completely. After that, we went over calculating parts per million. Again, this wasn't very difficult for him and he did exceptionally well. The student has progressed a lot and is very independent while working on these questions. I will be sending extra practice problems to the student as well."
"We had an excellent first session! The student is very polite, pleasant and understands his chemistry concepts very well. We covered approximately 2.5 chapters of chemistry today. We began the session with scientific measurements, how they are made and how accurate they may or may not be. We went over the rules for significant figures and he was able to correctly identify how many sig figs in multiple numbers. We then discussed two ways of rounding numbers: zero to four, the number stays, five thru nine the number increases by one; and rounding with even and odd following numbers. He showed how well he is able to convert units in chemistry and manipulate equations. We finished with a discussion of sub-particles and how they relate to each other in an atom. The student showed his excellent understanding of English; I am very impressed with his command of the language."
"Today we worked on thermodynamics, thermochemistry, and calorimetry concepts. Overall she did pretty well with these. She had some trouble with the calculations, but the concepts and definitions seemed to make sense to her."
"We discussed water and aqueous solutions. We discussed about the following topics: 1. Water as an universal solvent 2. Hydrogen Bonding and its condition and types 3. Consequences of Hydrogen Bonding 4. Difference between solution, suspension, and colloid 5. Solubility 6. Concentration of solution and various methods to express it 7. Molarity, molality, and mole fraction. 8. Saturated and Unsaturated solution 9. Types of solution-solid, liquid, and gaseous solution."
"We covered nomenclatures of ionic compounds, molecular compounds, and acids. We also covered balancing equations. Student has a very hard time with nomenclature. She just took a quiz on it and did not do very well. She thought she understood how to do it but when she had to take the quiz, she wasn't completely sure. However, we did a lot of practice problems today with nomenclature and she said she is finally getting it. Balancing equations went well for her. She picked it up very quick."
"Student and I went over the phase transitions plus some of the basics of intermolecular forces. I think she grasped the concepts quite well. She was able to do all the problems on her own by the time I was done. I left her with homework problems as extra practice."
"We covered specific heat, enthalpy and entropy. The student was struggling the most with understanding the concept of entropy and the disorder of a compound or reaction. The student grasped the concepts and began applying in different problems created during the session. I helped him understand how and when to apply the Gibbs free energy equation to determine if a reaction was going to be spontaneous under different environmental stresses. I left him with additional problems to work on in order to further grasp the concept after the session."
"We worked on a lab report regarding the integrated rate law and reaction orders. The biggest struggle for today was completing every part. The attitude towards the material was interested. There was one study skill utilized today, which was to mentally prepare for larger assignments and break them down into smaller ones. There was no extra practice necessary, no scores to note, and no concerns from this session. The biggest win for today was completing a long assignment."
"The student took a test over the material that we had been studying but did not have a grade to report yet. This session introduced gas laws: Boyle's law, Charles' law, and the combined gas law. We reviewed notes from the student's instructor and worked some problems from an online resource. We also spent some time discussing test-taking strategies. We plan to work more gas law problems in the next session."
"Conducted an overview of kinetic molecular theory, average molecular velocity, Ideal gas laws, and unit conversions. I had to introduce a few formulas that involved Dalton's law and partial pressure equations. We also conducted a review of intermolecular forces with non-polar and polar covalent bonds. We completed at least 15 practice problems for mastery."
"Student and I worked through chapter four homework on aqueous reactions. She is starting precipitation reactions where it's important to keep track of ions and the appropriate solubility rules. I encouraged her to review chemistry between 30 and 90 minutes every day to help her develop automaticity in problem solving."