Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued going over the material for the student's upcoming quiz and finished her review packet, although it took us the rest of the time to complete it. She was still having a few issues recognizing the acid or the base, although she got better as the session went on. She was more confident and was making good progress at the end of the session. I told her that she would benefit from going over earlier notes on acids/bases so that she could save time and preparation making sure she was working with the right variables and also encouraged her to go over her 2 worksheets, as well as her practice test, to make sure she is in a better position for the quiz."
"The student and I reviewed chapter 3 homework problems. I clarified how to use balanced equations to predict masses of products and limiting reactants. We also started working on solutions where he solved problems working with molarity."
"We continued reviewing ionic bonds and ionic compounds. The student had become very adept since last week in balancing ions, including polyatomic ions. I explained how capital and lowercase letters could be used to determine atomic identity. We worked on homework problems discussing charges of ions and naming and balancing ionic compounds. I introduced him to covalent bonding and naming of covalent compounds using appropriate prefixes. I was informed that he got an A on a test this past week and is very happy with how tutoring has been helping him."
"After having scored a perfect score on her last test, the student has moved into a new chapter on solutions. She reviewed and worked on problems involving solvents, solute, concentration, molarity, figuring out which compound would be soluble, insoluble, electrolytes, strong/weak non electrolytes. She had no trouble understanding any of the material and working out and setting up the homework problems."
"The student is studying for a chemistry test. He has a series of prep questions he needed to complete online and wanted me to check his work as he went through them. Topics included: finding molarity, dilution of a solution, and using stoichiometry of a reaction to determine volume or mass of a material. Next he wanted to review a quiz on solubility and concentration. There were several questions that used a solubility chart. Next he needed to find percent solutions and mole fractions, and new molarity using dilution."
"The student had a quiz in both geometry and in chemistry the next day, so we worked through review worksheet on both subjects. I had her erase her review worksheet and a homework assignment for geometry, and we went through the worksheets together. She didn't find them to be all that difficult. We did the same thing in chemistry, where her teacher was having them draw and name organic compounds."
"The student got an 80% on his chemistry test which was the 3rd highest grade in the class. The class average was 56%. He also just took a math test. He has another quiz before his quarter ends next week, so we prepared for that. We finished his review worksheet for the quiz, which went over piecewise functions. He was able to accurately evaluate, graph and write a piecewise function."
"We covered Boyle's Law, Gay-Lussac's Law, Avogadro's Law, the combined gas law, ideal/real gases, and the ideal gas law equation. Both of the students displayed a great understanding of the material and were able to solve all the mathematical problems. They also understood conceptually how pressure, volume, and temperature are all related. They said the hardest part would be to remember which variables are held constant in each of the laws, but spending some time studying will solve that issue. I suggested they memorize the combined gas law and cross out variables that are held constant or not given. That way, they can just memorize one equation instead of multiple ones. We did some practice problems on the internet and they completed them successfully. They both informed me that they did well on their previous exam. They should have similar, if not better results on this next exam."
"The student and I studied for her upcoming Chemistry test. I was able to answer several conceptual questions she had. We then went over the naming schemes for ionic and molecular compounds and did a bunch of practice problem. She has a good understanding of the material."
"We focused on the same materials that we worked on last week. The student had a test to take the following day, so we made sure that he had a complete lock on the subjects. We worked together on the difference of phase changes and the concepts behind each one. We worked on the thermodynamics equations that define how much heat must be added to change the solution."
"During this session we went over periodic trends such as electonegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, atomic radius, and ionic radius. We did a few questions in the student's text book. We then went on to cover organic chemistry. Overall this session went well."
"Today we focused on the ideal gas law. We covered the ideal gas law, combined gas laws, and application of it to previous topics. Additionally we covered partial pressures. We reviewed notes and homework in preparation for an upcoming test."