Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over molecular polarities, with some review on molecular geometry and Lewis structures. The student has no problem determining the Lewis structures or molecular geometries anymore, so that was very helpful with today's topic. She was able to determine if a molecule was polar or non-polar with little difficulty, too."
"Today was a great session where the student worked really hard on the complex problems involving stoichiometry, limiting reactants and percent yield. While this seems like only a few topics, we covered an actual chapter of chemistry with progressively difficult problems which she solved very well. I remain impressed with her superb retention of chemistry concepts and problems."
"The student and I went over her Chemistry homework for her upcoming test next week. These problems covered enthalpy and Hess' law. The student seemed to comprehend these concepts very well."
"The student and I worked on social studies. We worked on study skills and note taking skills, and I want to delve into that more in our coming sessions. The student is a smart kid who likes mathematics, and so I want to work on that as well to keep him interested. It was obvious that he really didn't enjoy the topic of social studies, and I will come up with ways to keep him engaged in the material."
"The student and I worked on some AP problems that her teacher provided on rotational motion and torque. We talked a bit about how to calculate moment of inertia and when to integrate and why. We also talked about solving pulley problems differently now that we have to account for torque and how you can still solve them as a system of two equations. We then talked a little about conservation of energy and where the energy for motion comes from in the pulley problems."
"The student and I worked on some material involving rate laws. She seems to be pretty comfortable using the equations to find the rate constant, or the end concentration, etc., but a bit less comfortable with the integrated rate laws. Particularly, she seemed a little unsure about what values to graph, and how to tell from the graphs whether the reaction was zero, first, or second order in regards to a certain reactant. We worked through the problem, and she seemed to understand by the end of the session, but she does need to be careful that she's using the proper numbers during her calculations (the concentration instead of the moles of substance, for instance)."