Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since this was our first meeting, we introduced ourselves to each other and I got to know the student better. The main emphasis of our session was on reviewing stoichiometric concepts from her test. We went over fundamental concepts and basic problems associated with stoichiometry including: nomenclature, combustion reactions, and balancing equations. Although she was confused about some of the topics, I made sure to explain in detail each one so that she could fully understand them. Periodically throughout the session she would ask questions if she didn't understand something as well. I told her some of my tricks that I use in order to remember my polyatomic ions and mole bridge for stoichiometry problems. Overall, I feel that the session went well, although we had a rough start while trying to use the online platform. She seemed much happier and more enthusiastic at the end of our session and stated that she would want another session soon."
"The first hour of this session was focused on chemistry, due to the test she has this week. We covered issues she's been having in calculating the amount of product produced using the limiting reagent, as well as other concepts regarding the ratio and relationships between the reactants and the products. The student seems to be doing well with this topic so practice with different word problems would really help her when it comes to studying for her test. The last part of the session we focused on algebra. She's started a new chapter in her class which includes graphing complex polynomials. We reviewed the concepts and theories that were presented in this chapter, such as the fundamental theorem of algebra. We then applied an example to cover the topic. This chapter will require some extra work because the concepts in it only apply to these types of problems so they are all brand new."
"Today's session largely focused on reviewing chapters 2-5. We began by discussing one of the problems on the student's quiz this morning that he was unsure of. He said that the quiz seemed easy and the methods he demonstrated for solving the problem he was unsure of were spot on. We then compared his answers for the significant figures and scientific notation section of practice problems as well as the unit conversion questions. He was very comfortable with the significant figures and scientific notation. He has shown a great deal of improvement in the time I have been working with him on conversion factors, but he still gets hung up on converting from kilograms to milligrams to micrograms, etc. I am confident, however, that as long as he doesn't panic on the exam, he will be able to work through the conversion problems just fine."