Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was spent working on Coulomb's law with respect to atomic structure. The exercise was meant to provide an introduction into energy levels, bonding energies, and as a method for predicting the behavior and trends that the periodic table has."
"The student and I touched base today and went over what he is working on currently, which is molecular geometry and bonding. This is a difficult and abstract topic so I taught him strategies I used when learning this topic in college. In addition, I gave him some test taking tips and study tips to utilize. He is smart and picks up on things quickly. As we continue to work and practice I expect him to begin to better understand the material quite quickly."
"Today, the student and I covered chapter 10 in her textbook, which included atomic mass units, Avogadro's number, and mole theory. We also reviewed calculating molar mass of compounds and determining molecular formulas from mass ratios. We also worked through the rest of a worksheet the student had about chemical reactions and balancing equations."
"During this session we went over chemistry focusing on ideal gas laws. The student had a good grasp on the math portion but often he had trouble knowing which formula to use when. Overall this session went well. We did various questions and he seemed to have benefited from the session."
"The student and I continued to learn and review material from chapters 15 and 16. We used the textbook to learn about molecular orbitals, orbital hybridization, sigma and pi bonds, etc. This material is difficult and can be confusing, so we will review it before the test. We also spent some time reviewing stoichiometry problems from a class worksheet (limiting reagents, mole-volume conversions for gases). At the end of the session, I spoke with him and his mom about my emails and phone calls with his teacher. I stressed that it is his responsibility to record his homework, pay attention in class and take notes, and complete all of his homework."
"Tonight we went over questions about molarity and molality and general conceptual questions about saturation and supersaturation. The student did well to identify where he went wrong in solving the questions I gave him and worked through the problem to obtain the right answers. He should do well on his exam tomorrow."
"The student had just had a quiz on naming compounds earlier during the week that he didn't do well on; therefore, we worked on naming different types of ionic compounds, covalent compounds, binary compounds with transition metals and polyatomic ions, and lastly, naming acids and bases. He struggled a bit to understand the naming conventions but if he keeps practicing a bit during the week he should be fine."
"We reviewed chapter 10 in the student's chemistry book, gases. We went through some topics that had been covered in class and some that were still to come. He seemed to grasp the overall concepts and was able to answer questions correctly. I gave him an outline of important concepts and highlighted some problems to practice with."
"The student did very well today despite the more difficult material. We covered VSEPR theory - visualizing and draw molecular shapes, electronegativity and how it manifests itself in polar vs nonpolar bonds, visualizing and determining if molecules are polar or not, Lewis structures and how to draw them. He distinguishes himself from my other students in that he has asked for additional problems to work on solidify his understanding of the topics. Keep up the great work!"
"The student and I discussed a study plan to better assist her overall comprehension in honors chemistry. We worked on ionic, covalent and metallic bonding - focusing on Lewis dot structures, valence electrons, VSEPR, and molecular geometry, bond angles, and molecule polarity. She understands the concepts and has the necessary background information, she just needed me to guide her through the individual steps and help correct any mistakes she made along the way. We completed a problem set, which she is assigned every week, and her homework! She stated that she feels much more confident in understanding the material and what is expected from her that will enable her to succeed with the grade she wants."
"Today the student and I went over naming acids and bases. The student had a good grasp of the concepts already, so we mainly reviewed the topic and went over practice problems. We reviewed questions that had to do with naming acids and bases from the formula, as well as providing the chemical formula given the name. He did very well and did not have a lot of difficulty with the subject. I will be sending him some extra practice problems and lectures just in case he needs to go over it once again."
"We covered gases including all of the gas laws and gas constants. The student was struggling a bit, but after the first few problems were done, he understood it better. We only did half of his homework, so the rest is extra practice. We finished our last problem nicely. The student was struggling with all the equations. I gave him steps to follow on how to solve gas problems and told him how to boost his confidence."