Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session the student went through a laboratory report that he was assigned for the week. This lab required him to calculate molar masses, name compounds, and use dimensional analysis to calculate the number of molecules and atoms. We reviewed how to identify and distinguish between ionic and covalent compounds. At the end of the session we also went over older concepts of the structure of atoms and how bonding occurs."
"Today, we worked on math and chemistry. Math homework included trig identities. The student was relatively comfortable with these once he started to get more comfortable using the Pythagorean identities. I went over a few strategies with him to make these easier. We also worked on a physics "review" homework packet that included topics from previous sections in his chemistry class. A lot involved periodic trends, there were some Lewis structures, and some naming of functional groups. Most of these the student did very well on - we reviewed some of the Lewis structure topics and periodic trends involving ionization energy and atomic size."
"We covered naming molecules, shapes of molecules, molar masses, determining chemical formulas, and conversion factors between moles and grams. In pre-calc, we did some work on graphing functions, standard form, and synthetic division. She was having some trouble coming up with chemical formulas, but after doing a few examples she quickly picked it up. She was a bit worried that she fell behind a little, but she picked up the material very quickly. I showed her a few strategies on going through the chemistry problems. I did not leave her with any extra practice, she has a lot of work to do already that seems to give her a lot of practice. Overall I think it was a very good first session, and she is making a very effective use of having a tutor."
"The student has completed the vast majority of the first workbook, particularly the multiple choice questions. We spent today's session finishing Units 6 and 7 in that workbook on nuclear chemistry and the periodic table. This included the following conflicts: alpha, beta, and gamma decay; fission; the electrostatic force; the strong force; electron configuration; balancing radioactive equations; and trends in the periodic table. Since he only has one week left to complete his chemistry workbooks, I encouraged him to complete the entirety of the first workbook and to work up through at least Unit 5 on the second book."
"The student is doing well reviewing significant figures and scientific notation. We're building up his confidence for the next semester, as we're covering territory for the second time through. I made sure he will be reading his chemistry textbook in preparation for next semester!"
"The student is making improvement in his electrochemistry abilities, and can solve easy-medium ksp questions very fast."