Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the material that is going to be on the test in three days. We worked on tying together the broad themes of the class, as well as tactics to help with the memorization of finer details. She is an enthusiastic student who is driven to succeed, which makes her very easy and enjoyable to work with. She is going to complete the study guide before we meet up one more time before her test. We had quite a few winning moments during this tutoring session; many of the more difficult concepts began to click for her."
"We worked on understanding how to use the chemical equation to determine the amount of product or reactant needed for a reaction. We focused mainly on understanding how to set up the dimensional analysis in order to discern the correct information."
"We went over the notes from a lab they had worked on in class. The lab included using restriction enzymes to cut DNA into fragments and using electrophoresis to sort the fragments by length. The student understood the concepts of the lab and why things turned out the way they did."
"The student spent the session working through her online homework that covered calculating Ka/pH. She had the most difficulty with questions that involved adding acids/ bases to a buffer solution. I spent time walking through the problems with her so that she could go back through on her own and come back to me with any questions. We also spent time going through the calculations she would need to make for her lab, which covered similar materials."
"Today was the first session I had with this student. I first assessed her overall understanding of chemistry. She is more of a logical, number-based thinker. She has more difficulty with the memorizing aspect of chemistry. After learning this, I showed her ways to help improve on this. She then worked on completing her worksheet on complete ionic equation. Overall she did very well. I will continue to monitor her progress with naming, charges, and formulas, all of which require memorization."
"We went over acid/ base chemistry in terms of using pH to solve for Ka/Kb. We also discussed the relative strengths of selected acids/ bases and how the stronger an acid, the weaker the conjugate base and vice versa. We did a couple of practice questions that the student got the hang of by the end of the session."