Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over practice test problems and other problems. Continued review of material for upcoming exam in December."
"Molecular orbital theory for heteronuclear diatomic molecules, Review of homonuclear diatomic molecule molecular orbitals, hybridization of orbitals, valence bond theory."
"For this session, we focused primarily on chemistry and briefly went over some of his math homework at the end. He and I looked at three types of reactions: decomposition, synthesis, and combustion reactions. For each we did practice problems and looked over unique parts of rules (for example, chlorates breaking down to their binary salts and oxygen); while he found these initially challenging, he had mastered them by the end of the session. The questions were "easy buckets" to him. We also went over the transformations of functions on graphs and how changes in the equation shifted the appearance of the function on the graph. While we went over them quickly, he caught on to how each element changed the graph and began to correct himself when he had made an incorrect assumption early on."
"Today was a curveball. The student's professor assigned material from PChem 2, so we spent an hour and a half covering all the basics of quantum mechanics, electron orbitals, calc 3, and various other things needed to do this work. He should be in a better situation to understand the work moving forward."
"Today, we reviewed the material from the student's previous homework on the hydrolysis of esters and discussed in detail the topics covered last time."
"We made a breakthrough with Lewis dot structures. We spent most of the session going over Lewis dot structures and I feel the student grasped the concepts this session. We then applied a bit of electron/ molecular geometry to the Lewis dot structures we found as well as applying MO theory to determine bond order. Overall I feel she is much more prepared for the memorization/ application problems for this exam."