Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was a good introductory session. We reviewed the basic gas laws: Boyle's, Charles', Guy Lussac, and the combined gas law. We then discussed gas conceptually. We reviewed the concept of a mole and then introduced the constant R. R is Avogadro's gas constant and comes in different forms depending on whether your pressure is in atm or kPa. Then we used PV=nRT in order to approach each question accordingly."
"The student and I worked on algebra and chemistry during our session yesterday. We reviewed a few problems in her algebra packet. She needed to finish a worksheet on rational expressions with adding/subtracting. She still has a few pages to work on in the packet, but she said that she would get additional help from her teacher during her resource time. We moved on to review overdue chemistry homework. She completed the front side of one stoichiometry worksheet and a few problems on the back. We balanced an equation and practiced working on using the equivalency dominoes to solve problems. She was in a good mood and worked hard to try to complete the problems. She will need to continue working on stoichiometry worksheets 1 & 2 to turn in this week."
"We went over predicting the products of a chemical reaction, balancing chemical equations, and identifying the states of matter of chemical compounds. She had a test that had been turned back to her that we went over. Some of the material had no connection to previous worksheets and practice that we had done together, which made it difficult for her to get a good grade on the test. Oddly enough, the teacher allows re-tests and gave a practice worksheet for the students to work on before taking the re-test. The material on the worksheet would have given her the practice that she needed to do well on the test, so I was a bit puzzled on why the teacher gave this worksheet after the test and not before it. We went over the review sheet and another review sheet for another upcoming test, and I think that she is now in good shape to do well. I did give her some common names of some chemical formulas to know, since some of them were not covered by the teacher."
"This session, we worked on a lab report that involved graphing mass against volume to find an average density. Once the student had an idea of what to do, he was good at finding the information he needed and calculating. We then found the percent error; a skill that will serve him well in the upcoming school year. He was engaged, and overall it was a good session. I am looking forward to working with him in the future."
"Today the student and I continued practice on Lewis dot structures and shapes of compounds. He was able to find some practice problems online, and we just worked through them one by one. He started getting more comfortable with the process as he completed more problems. I was able to point him in the right direction if he got stuck, but he did not need much help from me."
"Today the student and I covered acid-base equilibrium. We used Ka to calculate the pH of a solution as well as to calculate the % dissociation or ionization of a weak acid. In addition, we worked through how to calculate Ka given concentrations of reactants and products."