Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First session... AP chemistry. We covered a practice AP exam and just came up with a plan on how to proceed."
"We went over a homework assignment that focused on finding the average atomic weight of an element given its isotopic measurements. He had four problems that were basically the same so he really had it down by the last problem. After this, I explained to him the conceptual understanding of solving this problem. In other words, why are we doing this and what does it mean. After this, I went over some of the basics to reading the periodic table and how to make a Bohr model. He seemed to understand it well. He said he had a quiz on certain elements on the periodic table (name, abrev, number, protons, electrons) so I told him to make flashcards for those elements and go over them each day instead of cramming them in the night before."
"We did additional chemical kinetic problems. This time concentrating on first and second order reactions and their associated practice problems."
"The student has completed most of the first chemistry workbook. We spent today's session completing Unit 1 of the second book on chemical names and formulas. This included the following concepts: ionic and molecular compounds, monatomic ions, polyatomic ions, cations/anions, transition metals, the stock system, and balancing ionic compounds using oxidation numbers. He will begin working through the next two units for our next session."
"The student is much more confident about the material in this unit than the previous units. There was one part of the session that we worked through together, she was able to look at her notes and figure it out on her own. The only part that she is having difficulty with is understanding which equations to use, which she feels better about after this session. We talked about writing down the information that she is given, the information that she is looking for, and determining the correct equation from there. She seems to have a good grasp on it."
"The student is now three chapters ahead of his classmates, so I wanted to go back and do a brief summary of what we learned in regards to the material he will be covering in his class for the next week or so. He was given a general syllabus that discusses expectations of the class and course structure that we read over together. He also has a lab manual that the students work from every class. He is expected to write thorough lab reports with a specific structure, so we reviewed the expectations of how he should be recording data during an experiment and displaying it in his report. He has assignments in his lab manual already, so he started working through the independent activities. I also encouraged him to read over each lab experiment thoroughly prior to the class, so that he understands the concepts behind how the experiment works. Next week, he will be able to work on one of his lab reports and continue working through chapter 4 problems."