Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started a new unit in chemical equilibrium with the student. We went over the basic concepts and I explained Le Chatelier's principle and how to calculate K for the forward and reverse reactions. We did some practice problems at the AP level because this is a new unit for her, and I didn't want to overwhelm her. In our next session we will move on to more difficult college level problems."
"We went over a bit more of enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs Free Energy for her test. Then we started reviewing Lewis Structures for her final coming up next week. She is doing extremely well with thermodynamics and I expect her to score well on her upcoming test."
"The student and I went over her homework on solutions which involved molarity, molality, mole fraction, and mass percent. She seemed confused on which equations to use when, but after a few examples she seemed to get the hang of it. I suggested that she review VSEPR models as they play a big role in determining whether or not a compound will be polar and will thus dissolve in a polar solvent. I asked her to send me a list of the topics she covered all semester by the end of this week so I can compile a study guide for her for this weekend."
"We went through some more of the free response questions on the review packet the student has, including ideal gas law and reaction prediction. She did a great job of applying her learning in one problem to similar subsequent problems. She has good notes to review in her studying, and she will see similar questions on the test."
"We covered the basics of Hybridization in Chemical bonding and went through some questions in Stoichiometry."
"Today the student and I went over the topics that are going to be in his final on Monday. We went through his teacher's study guide and discussed issues that he had trouble with. He seemed confident about his understanding of the topics. We spent most of our time working on gases and gas laws because the majority of questions are going to be on that topic. We also touched a little on thermochem. I think he is prepared for his test. I think he just needs to keep doing practice problems to solidify his understanding of the topics."
"We went over the kinetic and the rate of the reactions. I gave her some problems related to these topics and we went over the problems together. We also talked about her upcoming midterm in January and how we can work together to prepare her for the test."
"Today we spent our session reviewing for the student's exam tomorrow. Topics we discussed to check comprehension were: bond length, isoelectricity, ion size, resonance, formal charge, and molecular orbital theory. We spent a good portion of time practicing drawing Lewis Dot Structures of Molecules. I also lectured a bit on resonance and formal charge in the context of Lewis Structures and explained how to calculate them."
"The student and I went over naming chemical compounds in some detail, and then went through a few sample Chemistry free response problems. The student has good understanding of the material she is presented with in class. We will continue to work on free response questions in future sessions."
"The student and I had a great session. We covered basic atomic properties, chemical reactions, balancing equations, gas laws problems, and Lewis Structures. He has a good understanding of the material."
"In order to prepare for the student's upcoming final in chemistry, we reviewed the three chapters that were covered this semester. This included understanding atoms (protons, neutrons, electrons), atomic number, mass number, isotopes, ions, dimensional analysis, unit conversions, nomenclature (converting chemical formulas to names and vice versa), and balancing equations. I spoke to him about completing a worksheet on balancing equations for extra practice. We will review polyatomic molecules and practices balancing equations a little more and then I think he can do well on his final."
"Tonight, we covered a few of the chapters to be covered on the student's final. We reviewed nuclear chemistry, naming of organic compounds, and calculation of formal charge. She is a quick learner and if she puts in the study time for her exam, I think she will do great!"