Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session. We covered chemical kinetics and how to calculate first order and second order reactions, along with their life. During the session, we worked on a sheet she had gotten in class in preparation for her exam. Tomorrow, we will be meeting at the same time to continue prepping for her exam."
"Today was the final review session with the student before her exam this evening. She sent me all of the PowerPoints that would be covered on her exam, and I quizzed her on key concepts. She did well and got almost all of the questions correct. She was comfortable with the material and stated that she felt prepared for this exam. She has been doing well throughout, and her grade has been gradually improving."
"Today was the final session before the student's final, so I helped him work through a wide range of things in preparation for the test. We worked a few basic problems, but more of this was helping explain small things that he didn't understand and tying everything together."
"Today was the first tutoring session I had with the student. We started by assessing his understanding of the subject and his overall attitude toward chemistry. I then proceeded to give him a quick and direct lesson on energy, light spectrum, and frequency. I showed him an example of how to approach and answer each question. Then I observed him while he attempted a problem on his own. Overall, it was a very good and productive session. I gave him pointers for common mistakes that can be made. I also reiterated that although most of the questions may seem straightforward and simple, he needs to approach each problem with great detail and to slow down when completing his homework."
"Today we began by reviewing some previously missed quiz questions on work, power, and energy. Then we continued our discussions of linear momentum and the conservation laws. We discussed some other scenarios for elastic and inelastic collisions, and some other conceptual information regarding momentum. We completed some example questions and problems of various types to practice solving for momentum, velocity, mass, and energy. We also discussed the concept of the impulse being determined by solving for the area under an F vs t graph, and reinforced that the area under an F vs d graph is equal to work."
"Today we began reviewing for the final and went over Chapter 5, covering Boyle's, Charles's, and Avogadro's Laws, as well as the ideal gas law. The student seems to be getting the general concept of how gases are affected when certain conditions change, but needs to be able to recall how these laws work in conjunction with earlier concepts (balancing reactions, stoichiometry, etc.). I showed him how to organize solving for these types of problems by sorting out known information from the unknown that must be found out. To practice, I assigned him 10-15 extra problems from the end of the chapter. To help organize his stoichiometry, I sent him a "mole map" chart that helps show how to solve for various quantities in each balanced reaction. We will go over the answers in our next session"