Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the session practicing naming rules for ionic and covalent compounds. The student occasionally needed help with naming specific polyatomic ions as they appear in different compounds. The student was focused throughout the meeting and worked diligently. As far as strategies are concerned, we worked on the skill of using oxidation numbers to determine the ratio of elements in a given compound. I recommended that he review the list of different polyatomic ion names for his class."
"We covered balancing chemical equations today. He was able to apply simple concepts to solve complex problems, which was definitely impressive. Once he gained enough confidence, he was able to work through the rest of the problems fast and even on his own. With our remaining time, we covered percent composition by finishing some worksheets he had received. We discussed our plan to get ready for his upcoming midterm and the exams in the next few sessions. I will be bringing past chemistry exams to our sessions."
"We are reviewing Organic Chemistry 1. We covered how to decide if a reaction goes through an SN1, E1, SN2 E2 mechanism. I sent a chart that outlines how to decide which mechanism is most likely to occur. We worked through several questions that have different sets of conditions around the Sn1/SN2 E1/E2 reaction types. I will send two written out mechanisms to show the two reactions. I also recommended a study guide that goes through these reactions. We will meet again later this week."
"We went over the student physics homework assignment for this week, which covered wavelength, frequency, wave velocity, intensity, power, decibels, the Doppler effect, and "phons" (which relate to how humans perceive sounds at various intensities and frequencies). After working through the relevant equations, she seemed to be quite confident about most of this material, though more practice with the Doppler effect will definitely help."
"The student and I reviewed pH, pOH, [OH-], [H+], and how to convert between each one. She had the most difficulty understanding the difference between pH and [H+]. I explained the use of each one, and then spent the remainder of the session working with her to correctly calculate each. At the end of the sessions she had a much better understanding of the steps to calculate and uses for pH/OH and [ ]. I advised her to go through all her old homework before our next session, so we could concentrate on the concepts she needed help with before her test."
"The student and I had a good session. He has a chemistry test coming up next week, and his teacher gave out the topics for the test today. We started moving through the topics. We talked about solubility, ligands, and the three laws of thermodynamics today. We also developed a plan for him to study over the next couple of days."