Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first part of session was dedicated to her take-home study/worksheet on chemical equations and ion solubility. We went through steps in determining formal ion charge and solubility rules. We drew up a mnemonic to use in this case. The second part of the session was devoted to temperature and pressure of gas molecules, STP conversions of atm and Pascal pressures. We went through current chapter 9 in her Chemistry book, discussing concepts of vapor pressure and applications in 'real life'. She has a good understanding of this topic and completed her homework/study set. No grade yet on previous weeks test at school."
"The student and I had a great session! She has a test on Thursday, so we worked on studying for that. We talked about the laws of thermodynamics, specific heats, enthalpy, and calorimetry. We also worked on some of her questions from the last lab that she did. She is doing very well in her chemistry class. She got an A on her last test! Our next appointment is scheduled for Sunday."
"This was the first session with this student, so I wanted to gauge her skill set, and her strengths and weaknesses. She seems to be very strong with balancing chemical equations, but is hesitant with some of the element names, which is not vital, but I find it easier to have some memorized. One of the things she mentioned which I thought needed to be reviewed immediately was that she didn't understand moles or Avogadro's number. Since these are vital concepts, I went back to her book from last semester, and we went over a couple problems involving conversion of atoms to mass of an element, and using moles with stoichiometry to find the yield of a reaction. The rest of the time, we went over different reaction types, such as synthesis, decomposition, single and double replacement, and combustion. We finished off by discussing equilibrium and Le Chatelier's rule. After all this, she seemed more confident with the material, and that things previously confusing were beginning to make more sense."
"The student is personable and bright; she wants to learn. We reviewed redox identification and solubility in preparation for a quiz later this week. She will prepare a study guide from her excellent notes, and we will review the results next week along with the previous exam with which she had difficulty."
"Today's session with the student revolved around the principles of quantum mechanics. We spent considerable time understanding and analyzing the layout of the periodic table. We then used the periodic table to give us insight into the electron configuration of various elements and groups. Finally we analyzed several of the exceptions to the classic means of filling electron configurations and orbitals."
"Today we worked on some acid/base concepts - finding pH, relating pOH to pH and general definitions of acids and bases. We also did a little in her geometry packet - reviewed the theorems about circumcenters, etc., as well as introduced midsegments and the midsegment theorem. The student did pretty well with this today."
"We went over material involved in the student's last quiz that would be on the test. He has definitely been able to get a good process down. We went over more on balancing double replacement equations and finding when you can determine if a precipitate will form. He did excellent work on the practice problems he did during the session. We went over memorizing or understanding rules for forming the precipitates. I went over a method for breaking it down and recognizing a pattern and encouraged him to spend time and find his own pattern."
"Last night we studied Lewis Dot structures, valence electrons, & the octet rule. We did a lot of practice on drawing different structures. I emailed him some notes and a lot of practice problems."
"We reviewed molar mass, stoichiometry, and precipitation/acid-base reactions today. We then moved on to redox reactions and dilution equations. We went through his lab homework, which required molar mass, stoichiometry, and some redox work."
"We were able to get through a productive lesson about colloids and Lewis structures. I used my phone to pull up pictures that would help describe the characteristics of colloids to him. Once we got to Lewis Structures, he had a lot more success. Visuals seem to help a lot, so I'll be incorporating more of that in the future."
"We went over molecular geometry, states of matter, phase changes, Boyle's Law, Charles's Law, and Gay-Lussac's Law, and conversion of pressure units. We solved homework problems from his handout. I provided tips for dealing with mathematical problems in a step by step approach."
"Reviewed the student's laboratory assignment concerning fuels. Tabulated and reviewed data on three different fuels, and the fuel performance with putt-putt boats. Focused on lab write up supporting original and revised hypotheses."