Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Although the student and I mostly spent our time discussing chemistry, about a third of our session was devoted to practicing ratios in geometry. For chemistry, the rest of the time was spent learning molarity changes after diluting the solution by adding more solvent (in most cases water). We also discussed how to write his lab report for an experiment that was done in class by his teacher. He had to discuss his hypothesis, procedures, results and conclusion about the experiment. HIs primary struggle was how to write the lab report in an essay format. Conceptually, he had no trouble with either the chemistry or geometry we discussed. He was well receptive of the material we covered in the session. As for strategies for the session, I showed him how to set up his problem so he can find the new molarity after adding more solvent to the solution. The way I showed him to calculate the new molarity is a cleaner way of showing the change while also explaining how molarity decreases as you add more solvent, and vice versa."
"We reviewed topics that the student had avoided: stereo-chemistry and orbital hybridization. She is obviously motivated; she's changing careers and this is a tough class to tackle. I think that she appreciates my approach of dismantling large problems into small problems, and answering simpler questions to piece together the big answer. We'll keep working on that to make it habit. I left her with the assignment of repeating the work from earlier sections now that it's less guesswork, and she said that she'll keep pushing forward on the new material, which we will talk about next session."
"We went over electron configurations, periodic trends, and bonding. With electron configurations we reviewed, Heisenberg uncertainty, Pauli exclusion, Hund's rule, the Aufbau rule and their applications. Also, we covered ionic versus covalent bonding and lots of practice understanding the difference and determining chemical formulas. We spent the last 1/3 of the session working on developing a sufficient study guide for the upcoming test."