Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Completed assignment over enthalpy changes involved in temperature and phase changes. Reviewed idea of specific heat capacity of a material and heat of fusion/vaporization and what these mean on a molecular level. Also reviewed types and strength of inter-molecular bonds and how to identify which types are present. Focused on what causes dipole moments in a molecule and how to predict their presence or absence."
"The student worked on homework and reviewed for a quiz over collision theory, activation energy, catalyzed and uncatalyzed reactions and differences/similarities between reactions, and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. She worked on homework and also completed a review sheet over the concepts."
"This was my first session with the student and she seems really intelligent. She is doing okay in her class but with a little extra help will be doing much better. We went over one of her first exams to just to have basis. It covered covalent and ionic bonds and intermolecular forces. We then moved onto solubility, which was part of an online lab experiment. Her attitude is very positive and she seems enthusiastic about learning chemistry and new skills. I did not leave any extra practice but I did notify her to review more of the notes that we were covered. I did see some of her grades and she passed all of them and even got 100 on another. So she is very bright, I just need to give her the extra skills she needs to keep it up!"
"During this lesson, the student and I finished the diagnostic exam together. Topics we covered included heat of formation, exothermic versus endothermic reactions, Boyle's Law, eudiometers, Lewis diagrams for higher number elements, stoichiometry, and combustion. He did a great job recalling material we'd done before, such as determining oxidation numbers. He learns quickly, and with a relatively small amount of practice, can learn chemistry. Ideally, over the next weeks, he would do some timed practice exams on his own, to continue to prep for the SAT subject test."
"The student and I discussed distinguishing between physical and chemical changes, mixture and pure substance, element and compound, comparing properties of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, naming chemical elements, determining the phase of a substance based on the given melting and boiling point, identifying the number of each element present in a compound, etc. She knows her materials well."
"For this session, we went over the following subjects: evaluating scientific models, atomic properties (mass, numbers, protons, etc.), and radioactive decay. The student was mostly familiar with all of these concepts, so instead of teaching this material to him I made sure to refine what he already knew. We especially spent the most time discussing isotopes of specific compounds. Sessions with him are enjoyable because he seeks to understand the material, not just memorize it. For example, he sometimes asks questions that may not be directly related to the assignment we are going over, but nevertheless improves his understanding of chemistry as a whole. This is crucial because memorization alone is insufficient for academics. His natural curiosity and interest in the subject is one of his greatest strengths as a student and will carry him very far. While he did not necessarily struggle with the concept of isotopes, this was the concept that he needed to refine the most. It just took him a couple of practice problems before he was 100% comfortable with the idea."