Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started with the student's SAT prep. She hasn't done a lot of it, but she's bright enough that I'm confident she's going to do well. We did a general overview of the test and the different kinds of questions that show up overall. Then the student needed to review for her chemistry test over empirical and molecular formulas, which she's pretty confident with, though occasionally she struggled with some of the stoichiometry aspects of it."
"Today we worked on ionic and covalent bonds, lattice energy, polar and non-polar bonds, electronegativity and ionization energy."
"The student has a test on Tuesday and we went through his study guide for that. Topics covered included hybridization, bonding, molecular geometry, and Lewis structures."
"The student and I reviewed her notes in class. I find that making the students reread the question stem aloud, and then explain to me why each step in the process occurs, is an effective teaching method. She has a strong grasp on the material. We made around 10 flashcards today for the copious amount of equations that will be on her upcoming exam. I have instructed her to review chapter 6 material before our next meeting on Sunday."
"The student and I reviewed her test review sheet focused on stoichiometry and redox reactions. She struggled initially through the problems but did well when I walked her through the steps. She showed great improvement by the end of the lesson!"
"The student and I reviewed some chemistry problems from a review sheet. The first one involved finding the empirical formula for a combustion problem i.e. CxHyOz + O2 -> CO2 + H20. The masses of the carbon dioxide, water, and mystery compound were given. They had to find the mole fractions and subtract masses to find the mole ratio of O2 etc. The next problem was a limiting reagent problem that involved the ideal gas law."