Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we continued to work on stoichiometry in solutions. The student still has a little trouble with the basics of writing and balancing equations, so we reviewed the rules for those, and went back over the definition of ions, as well as the difference between formula and ionic equations. Additionally, they have started working on acid-base chemistry, so we talked at some length about the reciprocal properties of acids and bases, as well as how they interact with water. They have also started covering redox reactions, and we briefly went over the definition of oxidation reactions, the transfer of electrons, and what it means when an element or a substance is reduced. However, given that the student experiences considerable difficulty in following lectures due to her teacher's heavy accent, I had to strongly encourage her to read the relevant sections of her textbook before trying to solve the problems on oxidation-reduction. Furthermore, we briefly talked about using other sources to get an overview of the subject matter, and the value of having at least a cursory acquaintance with any given topic before going to lectures. While she does have a gift for memorization, her long-term integration suffers from the fact the fact that she often leaves studying until the last minute, so I will continue to work with her on improving her study techniques."
"The student and I went over the questions that he had on his chapter six homework. We spent a lot of time reviewing quantum numbers and determining the possible combinations of quantum numbers. We also talked about periodic trends, including atomic radius, electron affinity, and ionization energy. I think he has a better understanding of the reason behind why there are these specific periodic trends after this session. He has promised to use the remainder of his homework attempts as practice without referring to his notes or textbook."
"We covered zero order, first order, second order reaction kinetics, reaction coordinate diagrams, endothermic versus exothermic graph differences, transition state theory, reactant and product stability, and calculating energy of activation."