Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we focused on final exam review, largely covering the first half of statistical mechanics. We reviewed some electrochemistry as well as a little bit of differentiation (chain rule, function composition, and e^x)."
"The student is preparing for her final chemistry exam next week. The exam will cover all topics from the second semester. Using previous unit reviews and homework, we reviewed the mole concept, calculating formula and atomic mass units, how to determine the number of particles/atoms/molecules of a given substance and empirical and molecular formulas. Using an online resource, the student was able to review the periodic table and how to name and identify molecular compounds. Due to her excellent organization skills, the student has maintained all her notes and previous work for the semester, which makes my job helping her reviewing for the exam much easier. The student has been challenged with understanding the mole concept for some time and now with a fresh perspective, she can grasp how moles relate to the broader concept of empirical and molecular formulas. She expressed concern related to the length of her exam (85 problems) and being able to complete it given the time frame of 90 minutes. We discussed test strategies that can help her be successful. We will meet again next week and complete the review for her exam."
"The student has an assignment to research nuclear power generation and present a several minute report this week to the class. Some internet study revealed some facts about materials, control mechanisms, and operating specs for this process. In addition, we found an excellent picture that will serve as a great teaching and presentation tool. She was pleased at the data gathered and began to prepare a simple report with confidence of a successful completion of the assignment."
"We started this session with definitions of vocabulary that will also appear on the student's final. We went through the list of vocabulary and finished definitions of everything, along with explanations of the concepts for a deeper understanding for the student. For concepts that are a bit less familiar for her, we went into depth and reviewed problems along with it. Then, we went through every chapter test once again to analyze the questions and focus on the ones the student still had a little trouble remembering. Then, we went back to the list of vocabulary and memorized every definition by understanding the concepts. I quizzed the student here and there to see how much of the material she has kept in her head, and then finally, we studied the gas laws again. Overall, she felt comfortable at the end and was ready for her final."
"We covered concepts of electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, types of bonds, atomic radius size of ions and elements, paramagnetic and diamagnetic elements, electron shielding, energy levels, electron configuration, and periodic table trends. Conducted practice problems for solid mastery of concepts for exam preparation."
"We went over benzene nucleophilic reactions and various other benzene reactions. We went into mechanisms and retrosynthesis. We then went into ortho, meta, and para directors; how those change the reaction and products; and understanding why EWG are meta directors and EDG are o/p directors based on the stability of the carbocation intermediate. We then went over strategies for studying as the student has an exam coming up next week. She seems to be understanding the material well; she just needs more practice on mechanisms. We might meet again on Sunday before her exam to review some more."