Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At our initial session for chemistry, the student and I went over his expectations for the semester and began going over a basic knowledge of chemistry. We covered the period table-metals, nonmetals and metalloids, periods and groups. We then covered atomic number and atomic mass, the difference between electrons, protons, and neutron. We then covered how to calculate neutron number based on atomic number and isotope. He did great."
"In this session, we reviewed electron configurations, electron arrow diagrams, and periodic trends for the student's upcoming test. He retained most of the information on electron configurations from the previous session. As such, he was able to pick up electron arrow diagrams with a small amount of coaching."
"The student received a perfect score on a recent math quiz, which is excellent work on his part which I'm looking forward to continuing. Tonight, he and I worked on precalculus, chemistry and language arts. We spent around 30 minutes on each subject. I continue to be impressed with his work and understanding of math. He has a chemistry test on Thursday, so we'll be meeting tomorrow afternoon."
"We studied for the student's Chapter 3 test and worked on practice problems. Covered topics: Avogadro's number calculations Nuclide symbols and atomic mass Density conversions Atomic theories The student was able to set up each problem and make a plan on how to solve!"
"The student has a Math test Thursday but was more concerned with her Chemistry test tomorrow, so we spent all the time on the study guide, which was a chapter review. The math portion focused on how to generate the average atomic mass found at the bottom of each box of each element in the periodic table. She would take percentages of the occurrence of certain isotopes of an element in nature and generate their average mass. This helped her to understand atomic number and its relation to the number of protons and electrons in each element and how to generate the atomic mass from the number of neutrons, or vice versa. She was also responsible for a bit of history regarding the different models of the atoms and who was responsible for generating them. I think I helped her to understand what the quantum model of the atom means or how it came about."
"This session we went over electron orbitals and electron configurations, then we went over his homework which he was on top of. We then briefly touched on what he would be doing in Algebra II. He rattled off exactly what the class would be doing and how to do it in the coming week, so I think he is good there."
"Today we reviewed spdf modeling energy for an atom. We started working on answering questions. I worked with her to make her schedule and reviewed for an hour at her request."
"The student and I went over some quick equation systems before moving on to chemistry. We spent our time going over double replacement reactions and looking through solubility rules to determine if something would be aqueous or solid. She finally put together that we still need to care about balancing charge (from the last unit) to be able to write reactions properly. Once she understood that, everything else was fine. She still had some things to do on her study guide when I left, but they were all things we had covered."
"The student wanted to review one last time before her chemistry midterm. She had a study guide that covered a variety of topics. We reviewed naming covalent and ionic compounds. We also spent some time going through her tests and looking at problems she wanted to cover. We covered problems with wavelength and frequency, energy, empirical formulas, percent composition, etc. It was a random assortment of questions based on what she felt she was reviewing at the time. No concerns."
"Today, we went over simplifying algebraic expressions and solving algebraic equations, including absolute value problems. The student was very easy to teach and picked up the material quickly. She was a fast learner and I look forward to our next meeting."
"The student and I covered stoichiometry last night. He has a good understanding of the material so far. We did an online quiz and there were a few qualitative problems he didn't understand. We went over the correct answers for those problems and he understood the root reasoning behind stoichiometry, which will help him understand more complicated problems in the future. As for the quantitative problems on the quiz, he did a great job of working out each problem in a stepwise method and made very few mistakes on some complicated problems, which I am happy to see because that means he has an understanding of how to approach each problem and is therefore able to do the proper conversions."
"We did a final review for the student's midterm tomorrow. We went over every topic on the teacher's review sheet, and I quizzed him on terms that he had some difficulty remembering. We wrote out notes for each of the topics the teacher put on the review sheet, so he could study this after our session. We finished the session with a quiz on the different topics, and he did very well!"