Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I focused on studying for her chemistry final exam. She has been working on her final review packet, and she had many questions ready for me today. We explored various topics such as periodic table trends, unit conversions, and ionic bonding. She has done a great job in locating her trouble areas so that we have specific sections to go over during our sessions. I cannot pinpoint a particular area where she seems to have the most issues because she generally understands the material quite well. She seems to need a minor explanation and an example problem, and then she can apply that information to other practice problems. She has more of the review packet to work through and lots of trigonometry that she has yet to review, so I asked to continue working until our next session. I am happy with the student's progress, and our sessions have been excellent."
"The student and I had our first meeting since her chemistry final exam. During the session, we covered radioactive decay, including writing decay equations, different types of particle decay, and calculations with half-lives. The student seemed to have the most difficulty with finding the right values to plug into equations and working with some of the mathematical calculations with logarithms and exponentials. At the end of the session, we agreed that it would be helpful for the student to practice working through a number of these problems on her own."
"This was part of the student's final push before finals. We spent this session discussing polarity, induced dipoles, and hydrogen bonding, as well as electronegativity. He quickly caught on to electronegativity trends, and how that determines the type of bonding a molecule wishes to make. We continued to discuss the difference between polar bonds and polar molecules. We ended by discussing the theory behind why ionic substances want to dissolve in polar rather than non-polar liquids, and hydrogen bonding in water. We agreed that next session, we would go over the math concepts before diving back in to more chemistry."