Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over Free Radical Halogenation reactions. The student had a very positive attitude toward the material being covered. We will continue to do problems from the Organic Chemistry text book."
"We went over some questions the student had from a quiz he just took. We then covered SN2, SN1, E1, and E2 reactions. We talked a lot about nucleophilicity and good/bad leaving groups, and carbocation stability."
"Today was a review session before the student's test tomorrow. We began with how electronegativity influences bond strength and how bond strength influences acid strength. We spent the time discussing solubility rules, salts, and determining the acidic/basic nature of a solution based on these rules. We also needed to review how to determine the strength of an acid and its conjugate base."
"We started out working a problem involving using Gauss' law to calculate E produced by charged conductors and arranged with spherical symmetry. After that, the student wanted to cover concepts, not work more problems. We covered the meaning of electrical capacitance, the derivation of the formula for the capacitance of a spherical conductor, the meaning of dielectric strength, the derivation of the formula or parallel plate capacitance, the meaning and effect of dielectric constant, and the purpose of dielectric materials. He said this session was what he wanted the teacher to do."
"This was my first session with the student. We went over how to write molecular formula, writing complete reaction and balance, different reaction (combination, decomposition, single displacement, double displacement and combustion of hydrocarbon in the presence of oxygen). The student was in little hurry doing the problems which is not a big concern; it will get better. He had little problem writing molecular formula which I found him doing big improvement at the end of the session. He is a very nice kid willing to learn and get better. I gave him new strategies to balance chemical equation. I told him to do the rest of the problems and quiz on that to see how is he doing on the material covered on this session."
"The student is studying for an exam, and we covered about 3/4 of the concepts covered on the exam including cells structure and function, cell membranes and transport, diffusion and osmosis, enzymes and thermodynamics, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, cellular energy and ATP. We used a lot of practice problems to enforce the understanding and for test preparation. She felt it was very helpful. We will meet again Tuesday before her exam to cover cellular respiration, photosynthesis, redox reactions, and to work through a lot more practice problems. I feel she is gaining a very strong grasp of the material as we work together."