Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over topics in thermodynamics, particularly calculations using the ideal gas law, specific heat, and internal energy. We talked about making use of all relevant equations (e.g. internal energy), and finding the relationships between calculations using these different equations. We talked about integration by parts, where we understood that we need to select "u" and "dv" from the original problem and solve the problem using the formula given. We didn't derive this formula, since there is no need at this time."
"We went over the main concepts the student had to know for her test and practice problems that related to each one. She was able to do problems from each section, even when I changed around variables, and also had a good grasp on the concepts when I asked her what variables meant. The only question she had was with the dissociation factor values for different chemicals, which differed in her notes and in her practice problems, but she was determined to ask about it in class to find the answer. Overall, she was in a good position to do well, and I just encouraged her to go over some of the later problems just to make sure that she doesn't make any silly mistakes. We only worked 1 hour this week because she had work to do and was confident about the material, so we will try to reschedule in the future to allow her more time to prepare for work."
"We reviewed two worksheets covering dimensional analysis using mole ratios. The conversions included grams to moles, grams to liters, grams to atoms, and grams to molecules. She displayed great understanding of the major concepts."
"We worked on chemistry. We ended with a lab report on the mole concept. We also practiced some basic mole conversions."
"We had an extra session to review for a chemistry test. The review covered concepts involving the relationship between vapor pressure, intermolecular forces, boiling point, and atmospheric pressure. The material also covered phase change diagrams and basic organic chemistry."
"We reviewed for her upcoming test. We reviewed classification and sub-classification of elements (metals vs. non-metals, halogens, alkali earth metals, etc.) then covered periodic trends in Atomic Size, Ionization Energy, Ionic Size (Ionic radius), and Electronegativity. In the process we had to discuss the definition of ions - charged particles - and the process of atoms gaining or losing electrons to become ions. She seemed to understand the concepts well, but we both agreed she would benefit from an additional session before her test, so we will meet again on Sunday."
"In this session we went over a problem from last week's test involving vapor pressure, Raoult's law, and mole fractions. In preparation for the next test, colligative properties/molality example problems were fully explained and worked out and a unit on chemical kinetics was introduced, inclusive of worked out problems. I will be forwarding additional kinetics problems via email to reinforce this material. The student exhibited a good understanding and mastery of the material covered."
"We went through her algebra homework on finding the equation of trig functions when given their graphs. She did very well. We then studied for her Chemistry test. She's great at balancing equations, so we focused on how to tell if a molecule was aqueous."
"We covered specific heat capacity, heat of fusion, and heat of vaporization today. We moved onto exothermic and endothermic changes, phase changes and different forms of energy as well. He was very comfortable with most of the concepts. At the end of the session he gained more confidence with these problems. He had a very positive attitude throughout."
"Today we discussed gas laws and attempted problems along with ideal gas law. We then reviewed conversion of grams to moles and visa-versa. The student has strong arithmetic abilities. Last, we looked at quadratics and polynomial factoring for algebra."
"The student and I did all chemistry this session. We went over her exam that she recently took, and worked out all the corrections that needed to be done. I helped conceptually explain to her the problems she got wrong. I told her to spend some of her weekend time, taking the exam again for practice and reading the bold parts of her chapter for review."
"During this session together, the student and I worked hard at preparing her for the chemistry exam that is on Monday. The exam is covering electron configurations, orbitals and overall molecular structures. Although there were some concepts to iron out, she had a very clear and strong understanding of the material by the end of the session. To follow up the session, I sent her some videos and practice problems to reinforce the concepts that we discussed during our session together."