Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is learning more details with acid and base equations. Today, we discussed redox equations for three sections of Chapter 13. We currently are going over basic definitions, examples of equations, and concepts such as oxidizing agents, reducing agent, and other details."
"In the week since the student and I last met, he did a lab, covered more calorimetry, and learned about Hess's law/enthalpy of reactions. We first worked through some questions pertaining to his lab, and then stuck with the trend of practice problems (we did several quantitative calor. questions, and a few conceptual, and several Hess's law/enthalpy problems). I think for the most part the student is on top of this material - he made some small mistakes, but also did some of the trickier problems with ease. He had some issues with the conceptual aspects of the equations that he is learning, so we spent 20 minutes talking through the qualitative calorimetry problem. For Thursday I suggested he bring actual problems from his class rather than me providing sample problems, as his professor seems to have a unique style. He confirmed that his next test is still several weeks off, but it will cover a lot of material."
"We had an excellent first session! The student is very polite, pleasant and understands his chemistry concepts very well. We covered approximately 2.5 chapters of chemistry today. We began the session with scientific measurements, how they are made, and how accurate they may or may not be. We went over the rules for significant figures, and the student was able to correctly identify how many sig figs in multiple numbers. We then discussed two ways of rounding numbers: zero to four, the number stays, five thru nine the number increases by one; and rounding with even and odd following numbers. The student showed how well he is able to convert units in chemistry and manipulate equations. We finished with a discussion of subparticles and how they relate to each other in an atom. The student showed his excellent understanding of English; I am very impressed with his command of the language."