Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered some review problems for the student's test tomorrow, starting with redox problems, which he seemed to master quickly. We balanced redox reactions using the half cell method in both acid and base. Then we covered a few problems in the time remaining covering free energy and spontaneity. After his memory was refreshed on the technique, he remembered the topic with little encouragement."
"We reviewed Chapter 13: Electrons in Atoms. We talked about atomic models, the history and progression with new discoveries, the quantum mechanical model, atomic orbitals, and electron configuration. The student was struggling with electron configuration. The student's attitude was positive, attentive, and motivated to solve the electron configuration problems."
"We reviewed for the student's final exam on Friday. We reviewed the material from the first half of the semester, including significant figures, conversions, stoichiometry, Lewis dot structures, and ionic and covalent compounds. I wrote down our notes on sheets of paper, and he will use them to make his study cheat sheet. We will continue to review for his test tomorrow."
"We reviewed fundamentals of electron orbitals and orbital interactions, electronegativity, VSEPR geometry, Van der Waals forces, dipoles, dipole vectors, and drawing molecular structures. We reviewed concepts and applied them to sample problems from lecture and problem sets. The student is to focus on understanding concepts and visualizing them in the molecule."
"We reviewed ions and their charges, naming ionic compounds, determining percent composition of elements in a compound, and identifying some element properties via placement on the periodic table. We also went over some thermodynamics. The student seemed to understand the basics of ions and percent composition. He had some trouble getting started on problems involving thermodynamics. This seems to be because they are presented in many different ways, and though he is familiar with the concepts, he doesn't see how they apply for specific questions. To prepare for his exam, I suggested he complete some of the remaining homework pages in his Unit 3 packet, and to review the bold terms in the Unit 3 review sheet."
"We reviewed Lewis structures of single elements from last week. Then, we moved into Lewis structures of compounds and finished with Lewis structures of Polyatomic ions. The student has a great attitude and seems to pick up material as we cover it. I left her with the instructions to work on a problem to come and tutor me on (study strategy)."