Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student received a B on latest quiz. We conducted practice with gas laws that include formulas for ideal, Charles, Boyles, and Combined. Complete step by step application of about 25 problems for mastery of concepts and calculations."
"We covered stoichiometry. The student was a bit confused on how to convert from grams to moles and vice versa, so we went over that. We also went over percent yield and theoretical yield. In his first packet, it seemed easier for him to get down, but with the 2nd packet, I went through every problem with him and towards the end he seemed to be getting it a little better. I suggested that he set up another time with me to continue going over the stoichiometry and I would find worksheets for us to do. He seemed more confident by the end, which I think is great."
"Today's session was used to discuss buffered solutions, as well as the Henderson Hasselbach equation and how to read titration curves. We finished the session by looking at how pKa values affect the ionization of amino acids and organic molecules. We also got to determine the pH of a solution during different times in a titration. This is by far the hardest concept that will be seen this semester, so I am going to practice this material with the student again before her test in the coming weeks. I want to make sure that she is able to address questions confidently and knows which equations to use given the circumstances."
"Today we started the new chapters: Acids and Bases. I provided him with some information to enable him to look for key concepts on one sheet. We worked on his homework together. He seems to be understanding easily. I am trying to help him connect the concepts with previous chapter so that he can see the usefulness of fully understanding one chapter to help build upon the next chapter. In chemistry most everything is connected."
"We reviewed chapters 8 and 9 for the student's test today. Topics included constructing Lewis structures, predicting molecular shapes using VSEPR theory, hybridization of atomic orbitals and molecular orbital theory. We used the goals section of each chapter in the textbook to work through the material."
"I had my first session with the student today. We worked through some of the problems at the end of chapter 6 in his textbook as he is currently learning chapter 6 material in lecture. He is really determined to do well in this course."
"Tonight's session covered permutations and combinations. We worked through several examples of each type of problem. We also did some work with probability of certain outcomes. This was the first session that we worked on math. By the end of the session the student showed confidence in being able to work these types of problems."
"Student and I went through the entire first chapter in part one of his online course. The subject matter was converting atoms and molecules to moles using Avogadro's number. We learned about the atomic mass and how to convert that to moles. The quiz at the end of the chapter had 30 problems and we worked through each of them. Student and I would do them separately, then I would go over the easiest way to solve the problems. We scheduled our next session and how best to communicate."
"We covered chemical reactions and stoichiometry in the context of gases - how much gas will get created and collected in a chemical reaction. Also, we covered partial pressures of gasses, effusion, and some diffusion. Student is improving with regards to gases and unit conversions in general."
"The student and I covered new material today after she took her test on the gas laws this past week. She had a worksheet covering Lewis structures of ionic compounds and a worksheet covering covalent compounds that her class was going to go through tomorrow. She worked through the first worksheet and she did well with ionic compounds. We will need to go over concepts in a more thorough manner before her next exam."
"We covered volumes of shapes, systems of inequalities, and symmetry and transformations today. The student asked for some help with volume and systems of inequalities. The student was eager to learn. I included one study skill, that of breaking down each problem, into easier more manageable sections."
"The student had a test scheduled for this evening and we reviewed the topics of density, the factor label method, and stoichiometry. We also worked with quantitative problem solving, and organizing his approach to the solution. I reviewed the factor label method as well."