Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent a little less than an hour with algebra. We talked about chemistry next, with an emphasis on naming and dimensional analysis."
"We talked about the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and orbitals. She solved several problems relating to the uncertainty principle and quantum numbers and has a good understanding of both topics."
"Overview of areas where the student is struggling: -Mathematical applications of kinetic chemistry (phase change) -Colligative properties with regard to determining the concentration of solute in solution -Universal gas law I determined that some of the issues are to do with adequately assessing the units used in the various calculations and ensuring consistent units throughout."
"We reviewed shear flow, shear stress, bending stress, calculation of shear and moment diagrams, centroid location and moment of inertia calculation, and first moment of area calculations for a cantilever beam with a point load at its end."
"We reviewed some of the earlier topics covered in the semester, such as periodic trends and thermochemistry, as well as the last topics covered in the course (geometry and bonding). The student understood most of the earlier material, after refreshing his memory with some practice problems, but needed to continue working on molecular geometry problems to get a better handle on theories such as VSEPR. I introduced him to VSEPR charts, which greatly helped him navigate the problems. I also threw in some final test-taking tips that would help him eliminate poor answer choices on the multiple choice portion of his exam."
"We reviewed some of the problems from the recently posted practice exam. The student's confidence does seem to have increased, and she has good reason for it. On one problem I made a minor math error but used it as a teachable moment: you can catch errors on multiple-choice tests early by noting if they differ greatly from any possible answer, and you can find them on any test by writing down variable names at every step."