Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over the mathematical basics, periodic table, trends, basics of an Atom, protons, neutrons, electrons. The students seemed very receptive to my teaching and the material, however next time I would like to include more questions and go over them in depth. I want to create diagnostic tests from previous exams to gauge what they know and what they don't and make sure they understand not only the question and the answer but the concept behind why. Some of the students were a little talkative, but I made it a priority to engage all of them with various questions throughout the session."
"We covered electrochemistry which included voltaic cells, electrolytic cells, oxidation/reduction reactions, and relationships between K, delta G, and Ecell. He did not have any problems with any of the math-based problems and he understood the differences between the cathode and anode. He mainly struggled with conceptual questions especially how K, delta G, and Ecell influence one another. However, he did show an understanding of it towards the end and should be fine with a little bit more review. We started trying to understand the equations conceptually instead of memorizing every possible scenario."
"Today the student and I went over the study guide for an upcoming test on solutions. A good half of the guide was on understanding different vocab and just what the different types of solutions are. The other half was more math based questions. The math based questions were similar to those in the previous stoichiometry segment. I wanted him to focus on making the same connections with these problems as he did in the last unit. We worked on drawing a path for each problem and the necessary conversions to get the proper units for the answer. He seemed to understand at the end of the session that the problems were easier than he was making them out to be."
"During this session we covered the worksheet on chemical equilibrium and concepts associated with that topic, including Le Chatelier's principle and calculating equilibrium concentrations. We also took some time to review last unit's concepts, which were solutions and calculations associated with them. I look forward to helping the student on her next worksheet and mastering those concepts as well."
"The student called me as she wanted to have some Algebra 2 tutoring. We worked on series and summations of finite series. When she takes the time and works neatly and organized, the concepts are not a problem. However, she often makes small mistakes by going too fast. She will need to practice well before her test. I also noted a few mistakes in the answers of her book, and wrote her the explanation to take to her teacher"
"Today we finished our discussion of the student's chemistry work from our previous session. We covered limiting reagents in more detail. In this discussion I stressed the importance of being able to balance these equations and to spend some time learning the charges and formulas of common polyatomic anions. We then completed a few of her questions together, with me then letting her solve the last 2 questions on her own with little assistance from me, except in terms of naming compounds. We then worked on her Algebra 2 work involving conic functions. We discussed the origin of the distance formula from the Pythagorean theorem and did a couple of examples. She enjoyed the word problems, so in the future I may try to present even more of the math material in this way."