Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session covered: general kinetics, Michaelis Menton kinetics, rate problems, order of rate reactions, enzymes, chemical equilibria, and solving problems involving all of the aforementioned subjects. An AP quiz involving review of past material was also given."
"The student and I worked through some last minute preparation for the AP chemistry exam on Monday. We went through the entire list of topics and talked about the ones he wasn't completely sure about. This included some discussion of VSEPR, orbital hybridization, pi vs sigma bonding, phase diagrams, kinetic rate laws, free energy, and ideal vs non-ideal gases. We finished by going through a number of practice multiple choice questions."
"We went over various AP chemistry problems, gas law, chemical bonding, etc. The student was doing fine with the subject material already, but wanted to do better in the test tomorrow."
"As in the previous session, the student worked through free-response questions in preparation for the AP exam on Monday. These covered topics including redox/electrochemistry, thermochemistry, gas laws, experimental analysis, equilibrium, and solution chemistry. I was quite impressed with her ability to fairly quickly go through these problems, find the relevant equations if she didn't know them off the top of her head, then come up with the correct answers. I anticipate she will do a very good job on the free-response section of the AP exam."
"Today we continued going over practice review problems that mainly focused on functional groups and how those functional groups are related to the dietary macromolecule classes: sugars, fats, and proteins. There were also many questions on digestion. The student was able to answer most of the questions with very little help. We are both confident she will do well on her final exam, and she says she is very happy with the grade that she will likely get."
"The student's teacher is just now going to test him on Organic Chemistry so we were going over it again. Continuing with naming and drawing, which are certainly the main parts of it, but also going over the main reaction types that happen and how. He has developed a good habit of using the last five minutes to go over, in order of preference, the things that he needs to work on based on our session so he has a good sense of what he needs to study the most once I leave."
"The student and I went through her notes from the first chapter that will be on her AP Chem final (5/22). We reviewed solutions and solubility along with colligative properties. We solved some of the problems that the teacher used as examples in the notes and I left some of them for her to try on her own later. I suggested that she go online and complete the online review problems and complete the multiple choice problems in her AP test review book. We will meet again next week to review kinetics and equilibrium."
"This was our first session. She wanted review of acid/base equilibrium. First we went over the chapter on chemical equilibrium and then we went over the chapter on acid/base equilibrium. Everything went well and she said she understood the material much better after our session."
"The student and I reviewed redox equations. We went over the essential rules of finding the oxidation number as well as identifying the reduction and oxidation reagents of reactions and neutral and ionized compounds and elements. We also discussed half reactions, including adding electrons to the left or right side of these equations to balance the charge. I reviewed when to add hydrogen, water, or hydroxide to the left or right side of reaction equations to balance elements in redox problems. We also studied two examples of a faster method of balancing charge and elements for redox problems. More time was needed to complete more examples. He has his Chemistry test on Wednesday."
"Today we continued preparing for her upcoming AP exam by working through FRQ questions. We continued to discuss ionic compounds, bonding theories, and solution chemistry with different graphs and charts that FRQ questions were based on."
"I was excited to hear that the student had scored in the 4 range on both of her practice AP exams! I'm confident that she will score this well or better on the actual test. Today, we began by briefly switching to precalc to discuss polar coordinates."
"We went through her packets regarding pH and pOH. I explained to her how she has to convert concentrations to pH or pOH and how she can calculate the concentration by knowing the pH or pOH. She understood what she has to do and how she has to solve the questions. We also covered her lab report for titration as well. She is doing great. She got 92 on her last exam."