Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's class just started studying reaction kinetics. We talked about how even though the derivation of the rate law and integrated rate laws seems complicated, actual problems that she will be asked to do will be simple. She grasped the concept quickly, and soon was able to find a rate law and constant given experimental data. We finished the session with a short review of some trig concepts for her math course."
"The student and I reviewed for her final by going through a set of her notes. She knows the material. She has improved tremendously over the past few months. We did a few practice problems to cover the material with which she is least comfortable. As we were reviewing the notes, she commented on how much better she knew the material that we had covered together."
"During this session, we went over a question we had done previously from an exam that the student had taken. After that, we started doing questions from a book of practice problems. The topics which were covered during this session included barometry and gases. We reviewed some ideas on ideal gases and the ideal gas law. We also went over diffusion and effusion, focusing on the relation between speeds of gases and their molecular mass. In addition, we went over Graham's law of effusion and how it relates the rate of effusion to mass."
"The student and I reviewed Chapter 7 in her chemistry book which was assigned for self-study over the break. The material dealt with the electromagnetic spectrum and electron configuration. We went over a few practice problems to make sure that she understood the material well."
"The student class was instructed to complete an assignment on thermochemistry over their winter break, although they had not yet covered the topic in class. She had completed some of the packet on her own already, and I guided her through the basics of the topic so she could complete the assignment's problems. Questions involved heat, work, reaction enthalpy, calorimetry, Hess's Law, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. The student was able to complete all the assignment's questions, only requiring my guidance on a few minor hurdles (sign conversion errors, incorrect units, etc.)."
"We talked about calorimetry problems, energy transfer and enthalpy. We went through several problems on how to solve for heat, enthalpy and specific heat. Some of the wording of the problems and how to go about solving them was probably most challenging, but I feel that after going over the main equations and units, problem solving is much easier!"
"We started a big review of material in preparation for the student's upcoming chemistry test. We went over the student's recent work having to do with solutions, including osmosis, vapor pressure, and colligative properties of solutions. We then went over the first couple of chapters, involving conservation of mass and energy, specific heat capacity, and Dalton's postulates. The student was left with instructions to review the material to find specific questions about the rest of the material on the upcoming test."
"We covered Ch 12 in the textbook, which dealt with physical properties of solutions. I reviewed relevant concepts such as calculating percent by mass, molarity, molality, and vapor pressure. We then worked on problems suggested by his teacher for review of chapter 12. He picked up the concepts quickly and seemed to understand how to use the equations. One thing that he can work on is breaking apart a complex problem into its individual workable pieces, but this will just take a little more practice."
"This was the first session with both students, and I think it went really well! I feel like we got to know each other a little bit, and I'm starting to get a good understanding of their individual learning styles. We covered electronegativity, ionic vs. polar covalent vs. non-polar covalent bonding, resonance, Coulomb's Law, the octet rule, the duet rule, and a few other concepts of bonding. One thing that I thought went really well, and will continue to work on, is the ability to take memorized definitions and explain them in their own words. Both of the girls are clearly very smart, and now it's about taking the next step and being able to turn all the information they've memorized and being able to work with them in creative ways, just like the teacher expects them to do. I look forward to our next session!"
"The student and I covered solutions and colligative properties. She started out a bit unfamiliar with the concepts but was able to complete the problems successfully as we worked. She struggled most with initially identifying the change in enthalpy of the solution based on the intermolecular forces of its components."
"This session was designed to prepare the student for his test on Tuesday. He quickly understood how to incorporate previous material into the newly covered concepts. His test is going to cover solubility equilibrium, acids and bases, and titrations. We covered all concepts briefly, and then combined the concepts with multi-layered questions. In preparation for new material as well as the chemistry test, I am going to begin combining concepts as well as stressing the memorization and understanding of many vital equations needed for the test. I also hope to work with him on previous materials covered so that subtle tricky questions will not be an issue on upcoming exams."
"The student and I reviewed some of the concepts he was struggling with for his upcoming test. I went through and explained to him the topics he didn't understand quite as well and we discussed other material for the test. We also went over some test-taking tips as well."