Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a Unit 2 test this Friday so we covered half the material on Tuesday and will address the rest during the Thursday session. In particular, we covered practice problems and concepts regarding history of the atom, elements, ions, and isotopes. She understood the majority of concepts, like knowing the number of protons and neutrons that an atom has. We were able to fill in conceptual gaps, like knowing how to assess the number of electrons. We spent some time checking answers which turned out to be very useful, as there was some confusion in interpreting diagrams and graphs with respect to identification of proton number and understanding that only protons and neutrons contribute to mass. After clearing up this confusion, I instructed her to create flashcards with some of the more common elements so that she can become familiar with their atomic number, atomic mass, and location on the periodic table. Having this information banked in her mind will accelerate her ability to approach and complete problems in general chemistry. Her father asked for advice on what he could do to help and I suggested facilitating more practice problems that can be checked in the book and assisting with review of flashcards."
"Physical and Chemical changes, Homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures , revision of earlier concepts, Homework assignments."
"We discussed calorimetry and specific heat almost exclusively, with brief pauses to explore an option for the student's upcoming Mole Day presentation and to discuss the definition of matter. We practiced a large number of calorimetry problems, including an exam review. He continues to be diligent and does a good job with the algebra in the course."
"Today the student and I worked on his homework dealing electron dot structures. I was able to give him some background information, and then we worked through a few problems together. He was able to get the hang of the process and was able to do problems correctly as the session ended. We will continue to work on his homework as the semester goes on."
"Today we discussed chapter 1 and 2, material which covered unit conversations and some stoichiometric problems. She seemed to be struggling most with organizing her thoughts on paper to make sure that she is solving for the correct units. She had a great attitude and approach overall. We worked through some of her online mastering chemistry work, specifically the problems she had skipped or had made some attempts at with no luck. She stated she would continue working on the problem set this week, and we would discuss more topics before her exam next week. No noted scores or grades at this time. As far as our first session goes, I do not have any concerns but definitely a win for helping her get the basics of unit conversions down for today."
"Today we discussed electron configurations, electrons shells, electronegativity, periodic table trends, charge formation, electron donation, Redox reactions (briefly), and bond formation/types of bonds."