Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the Ideal Gas Law and Reconstruction after the Civil War. She struggled the most with converting grams to moles and interpreting some of the text related to Reconstruction. She was eager to understand confusing concepts. I used teach-back to ensure she understood the conversions."
"We went over different types of organic reactions - addition, subtraction, elimination, etc. We also discussed functional groups. The student has a test tomorrow so we spent time reviewing for that. I included some tips and clues she can use to differentiate between different types of reactions and gave her problems and examples to support."
"I helped the student with her homework on intermolecular forces. I helped her understand the material by reading over the chapter in the book and answering any questions she had on the concept. After making sure everything is clear, I helped her complete the homework questions. Great session!"
"We went over practice problems and concepts in periodic trends and calculations based on periodic trends. The goal will be to form mental pictures, or think of the whole picture, of some of the concepts to better understand them. For example, atoms are smaller within the same period as you move right across the table because of the higher numbers of protons in the nucleus, while electrons are being added to the same valence shell."
"The student is still preparing for her placement test, so we continued working through the topics she had previously set aside as things she wasn't as comfortable with. Currently at the top of her list are: dilution, molarity, changing freezing point (depression), titration, limiting reactant/amount left over and preparing solutions from solids. I recently bought a used chemistry book and I hope to assign her some problems from this book also."
"We covered stoichiometry and limiting reagent problems for the student's newest section. He was slow at first, and had a lot of questions about the process but he did well in understanding what he needed to work on by the midpoint. We went over limiting reagents and he was quickly able to learn what he needed to do and was successful in doing a larger word problem based off of it. He was at a good state by the end of the session and should do well."
"The student and I specifically covered Ionic Bonds, Covalent Bonds, and Lewis Dot Structures. She did not seem to struggle much with the concept of how elements bond with either other to form compounds. She seemed to enjoy learning about this material and was even successful in doing many problems on her own. I did leave extra practice problems for her to do on her own because she did not fair well on her last exam and with another exam coming up it is important that she does do well. I do not have any particular concerns about the student, except that she may need to put in more time outside of class and homework towards studying chemistry."
"Today, the student and I reviewed gases and gas laws. She seemed to have a good conceptual grasp of the material, especially the relationships between pressure, volume and temperature. We also took advantage of the opportunity to review some of her prior tests for this class. Tomorrow, we will review her study guide for this upcoming test in its entirety. Additionally, we will review her responses to four short answer questions in preparation for her exam."
"We worked on a lab report regarding the integrated rate law and reaction orders. The biggest struggle for today was getting through the introduction and beginning a seemingly length task. The attitude towards the material was interested, but weary. There was one study skill utilized today, which was to mentally prepare for larger assignments and break them down into smaller ones. There was no extra practice necessary, no scores to note, and no concerns from this session. The biggest win for today was realizing that even seemingly difficult, long, or boring assignments can be accomplished, no problem."
"Today's session was spent working through concepts in thermochemistry. We went over the concepts of energy, conservation of energy, and the idea of work. We went through several definitions and worked up to our understanding of the equation Q=(mc)deltaT. We also touched on the topics of heat of fusion and heat of vaporization. We did a few problems and looked at Hess' Law."
"The student and I worked on balancing equations and conversion of mass to mass ratios using moles and balanced chemical equations. The concepts involved mass to moles, mass to atoms, mass to liters, and mass to mass ratios."
"The student and I went over calculations involving Molarity. We also talked about questions he had about phase diagrams. Then we worked on questions involving crystalline structures. He received a 100% on a quiz based on the information we worked on during his last session."