Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I reviewed the fundamentals of acids and bases. First, we looked at a long lab that her class had completed. Most of this lab analysis involved titration curves, which, along with ICE tables, was one of her strongest topics. Next, we looked over many exam acid/base problems. Since the problems had a predictable format, she grasped them easily. The most difficult aspect of this unit to grasp was probably buffers, but even that gave us little trouble. It was a fun session!"
"Today, the student worked on some AP-type multiple-choice and free-response questions over the topic of atomic structure. This required a brief review of the electromagnetic spectrum and the relationship between frequency and wavelength of light and its energy, before moving onto topics like spectroscopy, electronic configuration and the like. The student was able to answer questions about light and spectroscopy more confidently following this review. Next, she completed several questions based on gravimetric and titration analyses. She was very adept at solving these questions correctly."
"The student and I completed her most recent exam review packet. We covered a lot of problems that dealt with intermolecular forces and hybridization/geometry. She was able to complete many of the problems without help."
"The student and I reviewed material for her test on Kinetics and Equilibrium, we went through all the bullet points on topics that would be tested and a few practice problems. I advised that I would email her a study guide to help her study for her test on Friday."
"We covered her homework that's due tomorrow which is regarding Lewis and Bronsted-Lowry acid-base definitions. Her AP Chemistry course is a year-long class and she is several months into it. Many of the fundamental concepts that she learned a couple months ago are important for understanding newer material. I think it would be beneficial for her to practice and refresh those concepts."
"Focused on completing a homework packet on Chemical Equilibria and the relation to the amount of products and reactants left at equilibrium. Also gained insight into what "problem" areas in Chemistry the student had prior to trying to seek tutoring. The next session will focus on review of these topics so that he goes into the AP test confident and ready to do extremely well."
"We mainly did solubility, and some of the questions were somewhat challenging. The student left the session understanding the material better than when we had first started. She will need to do a few problems on her own that I assigned, and we will go over them so I can make sure that she really understands how to do such problems."
"This was my first session with the student, who is seeking aid for the AP chemistry test in a couple months. She had an exam on kinetics the next day, so I brought two packets filled with review material, and one small test (42 multiple choice). She is already well versed in the material and I have no doubt that she will do well on the test even without my aid. In the next session we have I am going to bring a comprehensive exam with me so that I can access her strengths and weaknesses (if any). I am also planning on leaving her with an exam so that she can be scored in a test-like setting."
"We focused on concepts related to molecular orbital theory, quantum numbers, energy in waves and photons, and trends in the periodic table. The student seemed to feel much more comfortable with the material after our session was over."
"We prepared for a big quiz with more acid/base practice. A lot of problems involved the ka/kb, pH and equilibrium concentrations of reactants and products. We talked about how to solve these problems and how to refer to ICE tables that were used in the equilibrium unit. We also talked about percent ionization. A lot of problems were pretty long and complex, so we went through the different steps of solving them based on the information given."
"Today, we covered acids and bases. The student's teacher gave him a few problems using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation and acidic and basic solutions. We then did more practice from old AP tests for this section. He got an A on his last test as well."
"Tonight we covered more Ka, Kb and using Kw to convert systems. We also covered polyprotic acid/base reactions. The student is doing very well, One key in tonight's session was teaching him how to use his TI-84 calculator to solve quadratic equations. The session went very well!"