Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over many chemistry questions, ranging from stoichiometry, ideal gas law, acid-base, to molecular structure, etc. She is a very patient and bright student and it was a great experience working with her."
"Today's first session entailed Gas Law Equations, Combined Gas Law, and Avogadro's Law. I started with a brief discussion on the three gas laws: Boyle, Charles and combined. The relationship between pressure, volume, and temperature was depicted using charts and diagrams to enforce the concepts. We also explored deriving new equations from formulas described in the definitions of gases and applied them to the student's assigned HW problems. Overall, the student seems to have a strong foundation in these topics and related ones."
"The student and I went through chapter 7's questions over orbital notation, then moved on to an introduction to chapter 8. Her test is next Monday, so we will review all the related chapters next Saturday to prepare."
"The student and I worked on the fundamentals of chemical VSEPR theory today in addition to inter/intra molecular interactions. He is having difficulty understanding how intramolecular interactions affect boiling or melting point, but we are working towards an understanding of how to approach those concepts. He is practicing for his test on Friday, and he is doing practice problems to help with that."
"The student and I worked on the material that was new to this week, focusing on Lewis structures and inorganic nomenclature. We also discussed polar covalent bonds and overall dipole moments and how they're different. Polar covalent bonds are generated by a difference in electronegativity between two atoms. An overall dipole moment for a molecule is the vector sum of the dipole moments along each of the bonds in the molecule (which means that molecular geometry must be taken into consideration when determining whether a molecule is polar or nonpolar)."
"The student and I worked on understanding the review assignment he had for his upcoming physics exam on work and energy. We worked the problems, and by the end, he was willing to give the session a shot and participate in solving the problems. By the end, I feel he had gained the ability to solve the problems we were working on."