Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Moles and mole calculation using mass and RAM's. Also went over % abundance by weight/RAM and moles. Looked over old quizzes about thermodynamics."
"Today we discussed how the student felt about her chemistry test. She had time to complete all the answers, but she wished that there had been more time to double-check her work. She was familiar with all that was tested and was not surprised with any unknown concepts. I had suggested making flash cards to study, which she did, and reviewing them before the test helped prepare her. We also talked about how she was feeling in the class in general. During our first session, she had felt that the material was being taught too fast. Now she feels that the work is more manageable and approachable "“ this is great news! We then reviewed a worksheet that had been started in class in understanding the big bang, nuclear transformations, gravity and pressure in relation to black holes and supernovas, formation of elements, and chemical reactions. She disliked the format used to relay the concepts, which was a cartoon/graphic story. We approached the material by making a summary of the concepts taught in the cartoon so that we could refer to our note "map"ù instead of the more convoluted graphic story when answering questions. We reviewed the worksheet questions and clarified any confusing concepts. For example, we discussed and wrote out the nuclear transformations associated with the production of elements up to iron (alpha decay) and after iron (neutron capture). Her father requested advice on how to contribute to his daughter's studies and I suggested learning side-by-side to solidify fundamental chemistry concepts through educational videos or textbook review in addition to discussion."
"Reviewed hybridization and how to predict bond order and magnetism of a molecule using the molecular orbital diagram."
"During this session, we reviewed different chemical reactions that occur in aqueous solutions, such as precipitation, acid-base, and redox reactions. We practiced solving titration questions and how to write a net ionic equation from a chemical equation. She did very well and made progress during our session."
"During this session, we went over more practice state assessments. The student made some pretty huge improvements, and this session went well."
"Electromagnetic radiation was the topic of the day. The student and I touched briefly on the Wave-Particle Theory, and did a few calculations for wavelength and frequency using the speed of light equation. For homework, she will practice more calculations and potentially review covalent and ionic bonding. On Friday, we will finish Bohr and Quantum Models of the atom and electron configurations."