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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
We prepared for her Friday test by going over concepts from the review, working practice exams problems, and doing computational problems from the textbook.
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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
Taught student rules of covalent and ionic bonding including techniques to make problem solving easier. Reviewed valence electrons and periodic table rules.
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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
Today was our first tutoring session. After introductions, we jumped right into content because the student's next exam is scheduled for this Thursday. We reviewed some old quizzes, discussed mistakes and made corrections to difficult problems. His current scores were very good and I hope to see him improve on this exam on Thursday. Then, we went through a practice worksheet on predicting products, writing chemical equations and balancing them. Most of the time was spent on how to depict a chemical name in its elemental formula to yield the proper product. He knows the basic concepts on what needs to be done, he just needs more practice to become more familiar with the odd chemical compounds. I told him highlights of his notes to look over and review and we compiled a list of compounds for him to study that were difficult to distinguish while working through problems. Overall, I think it went well for our first session and there is plenty of room for growth and improvement to follow. I plan to send a follow up email to his mom to confirm our next meeting and with some potential helpful websites with practice problems for the student to look at. Once he can develop a study schedule he will be able to boost his confidence in his chemistry abilities.
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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
Today we played with sodium polyacrylate which absorbs water (up to 800x its mass). We also talked about how introducing table salt into the mixture can make the absorbent release the water that becomes crosslinked in the polymer. We also burned some magnesium. Next week we are going to play with the gallium I purchased.
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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
This is probably my final session with the student, since her last day of class is this week. Today I went over the current problem set which involved pH and pOH solutions. She has a good grasp on the process of determining the molarity and ionic concentrations of these solutions. The next phase of tutoring concerned the General Chemistry problem set which I gave her at the end of the last session. She had a good understanding of basic concepts (scoring 85%) and just needs to read the test questions carefully before answering them. She can set up equations for chemistry appropriately and can balance chemical reactions, and she understands and can manipulate the Gas Laws.
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Gardena, CA Chemistry tutoring
We ended up reviewing unit cancellation and significant figures in our session. The student seemed to struggle the most when a unit was raised to a power like cm^3 going to m^3. I showed her that when a unit is raised to a power, it may sometimes be easier to write it out as cm x cm x cm to realize that the conversions calculation will need to be done 3 times to get the correct answer. Other than this, she felt pretty confident about working with conversions after I suggested just worrying about the calculation one step at a time.
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