Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished covering stoichiometry today. The student felt that she had difficulty with balancing equations. I gave her about 20 practice problems which she was able to work through very well on her own after initial explanation."
"Today, the student asked for help on his weekend homework. This week, it covered calculating mass percents of compounds given different fragments of information. He did quite well working through the problems. I will be writing up a practice problem set for him to work on throughout the next week. There were a few problems that required knowledge of nomenclature rules. He did very well on these. I took a slightly different approach to this session and really pushed for him to logically think his way through each problem having only one or two written examples to go by. He seemed to do very well with this approach and dealt with each successive problem with more confidence."
"This was a very exciting week for me! I am always excited to explore new topics with the student and chemistry. We began by modeling various organic, covalently bonded molecules and how to estimate their structure based on names or chemical formulas. We utilized the periodic table and the octet rule. This coming week the student will be beginning the unit of resonance! Resonance is one of my favorite o-chem topics. We discussed how to estimate where double bonds will form, where the charged functional groups will appear, and how to model the multiple structures. We also discussed extended conjugated systems. I will be preparing a mini-quiz for the student for our next session on resonance."