Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed Lewis structures, dipoles, and inter- and intra-molecular forces for her exam tomorrow. She finished her review sheet (which looked very comprehensive), and she seemed to understand all of the topics very well. She just needs to memorize the molecular bonding diagram and shapes (linear, bent, tetrahedral, etc.) on her own tonight and I am sure she will receive a very good grade!"
"Today we went over old homework problems to strengthen the students overall strength in chemistry. She is demonstrating great improvement in her problem solving skills and her confidence when approaching new problems."
"This week, we continued the discussion of acid-base chemistry by moving along to the concept of buffers. After asking the student to explain, in her own words, what a buffer is and what it's used for, I reviewed with her a few of the core concepts, including showing a typical titration curve for a weak acid against a strong base and using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation to predict the pH of a buffer solution from its composition or vice versa. We then moved onto looking at a lab activity she had done in class, using the concepts we had just discussed to answer the pre-lab questions, interpret the data correctly, and answer the post-lab questions. The session was productive."
"The student and I worked on Lewis structures, formal charge and determining the energy released in chemical bonding. We also discussed some test strategies and what to write out on a test to maximize partial credit."
"We did her homework problem set and went over a lab. We also went through a variety of topics which will be on her final including solutions, mole calculations, orbitals, VSEPR, phases, and thermochemistry."
"The student and I went over the topics of entropy and enthalpy and their applications in chemistry. I think she gained a lot during the session, as marked progress was noted throughout. This was in preparation for her test the following day, so we also went over some test taking skills (including making sure she gets adequate sleep)."
"Today was the first session with the student. I gave her an assessment, however, most of the questions were beyond the scope of her class. I plan on bringing another assessment for our next session to better test her abilities. In addition to the test, I brought a few worksheets. We went over a couple stoichiometry questions, and will continue to go over some next class. We also went over her new units of balancing equations and electron configuration."
"We went through her chemistry review exam, and solved the questions together. It was about naming, different bonds, their properties, how we can draw their structures and etc. She is doing well, and knows how to solve each question."
"The students and I reviewed chapters 6 and 7 from the student's textbook covering electron configuration and orbitals, and then properties of the periodic table. We also reviewed electron configuration, and addressed individual issues the student had with material or problems."
"We reviewed for her tests on solutions, solubility and equilibrium. We talked a lot about Le Chatelier's principle for equilibrium. We went over ways to calculate mass percent, mole fraction, molarity and molality. We also discussed solubility concepts and extent of saturation of solutions."
"The student was having trouble with equilibrium problems so we went through his homework problems and practice problems together. We worked on applying conceptual understanding a bit more while solving problems."
"Today we solved practice problems for her exam, which the student had typed up in a Word document. The problems were mostly motion in 2 dimension type. She seemed to follow the assignment without difficulty."