Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I mainly went over stoichiometry, especially how to tackle different questions. He was very willing to learn and did very well today during the session. I helped explain some concepts that were harder for him to understand, like mole-to-mole ratios, mole-to-gram ratios, and balancing chemical equations. Once we got through some problems step-by-step, he seemed to really improve and grasp the concepts. We will be meeting again tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to more progress being made."
"The student had taken 2 quizzes recently and the results were not what we were hoping for. I knew that she understood the material and how to complete the problems that showed up on her quizzes, so I wanted to dig deeper to find the root of this problem. Even though she could solve her chemistry problems without any issues in front of me, I wanted to see how she would do on a quiz that I created for her to take in a 15 minute timeframe without being in my presence. I wanted to do this because I noticed that she is easily flustered when she receives a quiz or test in chemistry. She tends to overwhelm herself when she looks at the material all at once. What we focused on in our session was having her focus on only one problem at a time - slowing down, reading and fully understanding the question, and then using her knowledge to work it out. After really focusing on her approach to such assessments, I feel that she is prepared to succeed on future quizzes and exams if she takes her time and really engages herself in what she is doing."
"Today we reviewed the student's midterm. She did not perform well on the exam so we looked through the questions to identify areas of weakness. The student did well on the majority of the questions requiring a calculation. Going forward, we plan to emphasize the definitions and concepts while practicing the calculations necessary."
"Today, we worked entirely on titration and acid-base equilibria. We first worked on gradually harder ICE table problems, to check where the student's current ability was. By the end of the session, he seemed to have a good handle on acid-base equilibria math, titration curves, and the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation."
"We went over valence determination based on quantum numbers electronic configurations. I taught the student the deductive breaking down of the combinations of chemical equations and electronic configurations."
"The student and I reviewed molar concentration (also called molarity), the relationship between moles of solute, the volume of a solution by using the definition of molarity, and finding out how much solute is present in a given volume of a solution."