Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started over the review packet her chemistry teacher gave her to study for the midterm. Specifically, we went over equation manipulation, unit conversions, scientific notation, subatomic particles, and the periodic table. Finally, we scheduled a session for Monday before her exam."
"We completed review of the reactions and half the atomic structure sections of the same exam review packet we worked on last week. We selected three questions at random to work through. The student was able to reason his way to answers on half the problems, but was never able to state which geometric principles he was using and that was required by one of the questions."
"We went over naming of ionic and covalent compounds, as well as acids with and without oxygens in them. I helped review with him how to name them, but after practice with each one, he finished the rest of them easily. By the end, he seemed very confident moving forward and I think he'll do well on his test."
"Tonight, the student and I began our discussions of calorimetry and enthalpy. I introduced two very important thermodynamic equations related to the physical sciences: q = mc(delta)T and q = n(delta)H. She and I walked through and completed several examples to help reinforce these thermodynamic equations. It is always a pleasure working with her, and as always, I look forward to working with her again soon!"
"We began covering electronic structure and writing electron configurations for atoms. We also did some review, primarily of nomenclature for ionic compounds and writing formulas for binary ionic compounds. As electronic structure is one of the hardest concepts for many students, the student understandably hit a few snags when trying to solve some problems. However, I thought he did extremely well once we got into a rhythm with some of his study packet's questions. I was very encouraged that he was able to follow the procedure we learned consistently. I left him with a visual chart to be used for E.C. problems, which makes them easier to keep track of."
"We began working through VSEPR vs. Lewis structure, hybridization, and sigma and pi bonding, all from her quiz from the day. There were relative bond angles, judging non-polar molecules with polar bonds by geometry, hybridization and sigma/pi questions. The approach was theoretical, with the questions as our guide. The student did a great job sifting through new concepts and maintaining her positive attitude essential for learning. Great work."