Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent today's session working on a practice question sheet for the student's exam tomorrow. The majority of the questions revolved around stoichiometry and gas stoichiometry. We did several problems and laid out a step-by-step approach to the problems in general. She has a pretty solid grasp of the calculations involved."
"During the first session today, we covered Algebra and Chemistry. We mapped out steps to complete the problems until she felt comfortable doing the problems on her own. There are extra problems that she can complete at the end of the chapter in her text. Completing those problems in her spare time will help to build more confidence for an up coming test. The main focus of this session was chemistry. We spent most of our time preparing for the quiz she has tomorrow (Friday). We covered the section and worked through problems that she would be quizzed on. She is quick to pick up concepts in chemistry after working through the problems. I think that breaking the problems down into individual steps and explaining concepts as we go along really helps her understand the problems."
"In this session the student worked on a worksheet that was assigned as homework. This worksheet consisted of naming, and adding to old material. He now understands how to calculate charges and assign charges to polyatomic ions and transition metals. We also reviewed mole calculations and he was left with more worksheet problems to do on his own."
"The student and I got our introductions out of the way, in particular she struggles with her current chemistry class. She walked me through the stage of learning that she's at. She picks up on information very quickly, so that is a positive sign. She is a little behind on certain parts of the course (periodic table understanding, net ionic equation familiarity, etc.,) but we will keep working on these in future lessons. I've left her with instructions to meet more with her professor, and ask specific questions about her homework. Also, when she is free, she should be rewriting the problems that she learned in class, as a reinforcer for her learning. In this class, visual reinforcement is not enough!"
"The student and I have been working through the beginning chapters of a chemistry book that she and her family provided. We have made it through the first three chapters and have laid a good base for the upcoming school year. We have talked about atoms, compounds, and elements; physical vs. chemical changes/reactions; significant figures and rounding; matter and changes in state; and units (volume, mass, density, temperature), and we even talked about some of the major influential chemists and their contributing experiments (Dalton, Rutherford, Thompson, etc.). She is a bright student and has been really engaged with me. She works hard and even did a little homework assignment that I gave her after the second session to practice scientific notation and unit conversions. She is doing a great job so far, and I hope to see her feel even more confident with the material as school begins."
"The student and I kept working through the ACT in preparation for him taking it this weekend. We started with science where, except for a few brush up skills, he did very well, and then we went through the math section."