Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She has a midterm coming up in two weeks, so we focused on the topics she was struggling with most including acid/base problems, identifying the amount of protons/electrons/neutrons in an atom or isotope, solving for empirical and molecular formulas, and reviewing topics she felt confident in but hadn't practiced in months. I created several practice problems for her after she felt confident in a certain topic or strategy in order to test her retention- she did very well and only needed assistance a handful of times. She plans to make flash cards for the definition-type concepts and will continue to go over her review notes in preparation for next week and the upcoming exam."
"The session we had today was great. The student and I went over her chemistry homework dealing with Avogadro's number. She was able to complete and understand the reasons behind the calculations. After the homework was finished, I assigned her several more questions similar to her homework problems, all of which she was able to do correctly. We then moved on to a detailed preview for her chemistry class tomorrow. I was glad to find that she had a good grasp on what she has learned in class already, and I am confident that her understanding of the newer concepts will be firmer with preview."
"Completed the stoichiometry (molar mass and ratios of reactant and products in chemical reactions) and chemical compounds (types of compounds, nomenclature, and determining how many atoms of each element are in a compound) sections of the midterm review packet and began the chemical reactions section (balancing chemical equations). Since some of the material had been covered a while ago, the student was a bit rusty on some of it, but he had retained some of what we had done in past sessions -- he was having trouble balancing charges in molecules, but was okay at balancing chemical reactions and many of the stoichiometry and molar mass questions. Before the test, the student needs to find out from his teacher what needs to be memorized for the test and which reference materials will be provided (of particular importance is whether he needs to memorize all the polyatomic ions and prefixes for organic compounds)."
"In our most recent session, the student and I began work with esters and other carboxylic acid derivatives. He had an upcoming quiz and test he was preparing for, so we worked through several practice problems to review all relevant concepts. As usual, he already knew ~80% of the material entering into the meeting, so I basically only had to answer questions about tougher mechanisms (i.e. acetal formation). Our sessions during finals week will likely consist of a general review of all concepts covered this semester."
"In this session, the student and I did practice questions. Specifically, we covered Lewis structures. I would give her a molecule. Then, I would make her draw it and name the shape, bond, angle, hybridization, bonding regions, and pairs."
"In this session, we covered covalent compounds and Lewis dot structures. The student wasn't quite sure how to construct Lewis dot structures, but once the relationship between valence electrons, the octet rule, and the number of bonds was explained and the procedure demonstrated, she was able to complete her assignment. Also, she took a test last week and was able to get a B+, which is an improvement over her previous performance."