Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did well in recognizing the acids and bases as well as in understanding the K equations. It seemed that she had a solid hold in nearly all the concepts she would be tested on, and I suggested that she go over the concepts over the next few days to make sure she would be absolutely prepared."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming test, covering: -- the differences between elements/compounds/mixtures; -- a review of the periodic table of elements and atomic structure, formulas, mass, and composition; -- metals vs. nonmetals, ionic vs. covalent bonds; -- molecular vs. empirical formulas; -- atoms vs. ions and isotopes; -- charges and naming of compounds; -- mass, moles and Avogadro's number conversions; -- calculating molecular and empirical formulas; -- general stoichiometry of combustion and other chemical reactions; and -- calculations involving limiting reagents in reactions."
"As this was my first lesson with the student, we spent the first part of the session briefly introducing ourselves and talking about the specific challenges she feels like she is facing. In particular, she is struggling with the teacher's high expectations of time dedication and has a hard time following lectures due to a heavy foreign accent. However, as a chemistry major, she is also extremely focused on doing well in this class and feels like she needs some guidance in order to fulfill requirements. As a result, we spent the rest of the lesson working through examples of different types of problems - specifically, we covered chemical nomenclature and formulas and balancing chemical equations, as well as practical applications of the law of conservation of mass, constant proportions, and changing proportions (ratios between elements are constant for the same compound irrespective of amount, and differs between different compounds, even when those are composed of the same elements), and used the concepts of moles and molar mass to deduce the composition and chemical formulas for different compounds. In the course of our conversation, we talked briefly about the value of being prepared for lectures by reading the assigned text ahead of time and how to spread out the study burden over time to achieve long-term integration rather than short-term memorization. Her self-confidence clearly improved during the lesson, as she quickly discovered that she had no trouble grasping and applying the principles presented to her and - in her own words - already feels a lot more secure in her ability to pass her upcoming test. All in all, I feel we had a very productive session and look forward to working with her again."