Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Topics: In this session, we performed an experiment to determine the density of water, rocks, rice, and paper. We extended our analysis by investigating the density of pennies. The volume was determined using a ruler and the method of water displacement."
"We covered the different types of chemical reactions. The student has improved a lot with this material. He can do the problems with little to no help now. He just makes minor errors here and there, but overall a huge improvement over the last 2 weeks."
"In todays session, we went over thermodynamics and bonding. We described properties of ionic, covalent, and London dispersion forces. We also reviewed specific heat, changes in heat, changes in temperature, and heat of fusion/vaporization."
"Today we reviewed concepts in momentum, collisions, uniform circular motion, and angular momentum and inertia. We applied these concepts to various practice problems."
"We went over solutions, gases, and balancing redox reactions today. The student did practice problems in each of these areas."
"Today, we started to review for the student's final. Topics included formation types of bonds, enthalpy, ideal gasses, and limiting reagents. We also went over concentrations of solutions."
"Today the student finished up the Electro-magnetics final he has been working on. We then prepared for the next one that we will go over in the next meeting."
"Today we did our final test review. We reviewed wavelengths, did a POGIL review, combined LEM and MOT, and went over the photoelectric effect. We also covered Planck's theory, refraction, diffraction, black-body radiation, and other review questions."
"Today we reviewed torques and free body diagrams for statics problems. The student has an upcoming physics test on this material on Monday. He also has a fluids physics test on Friday that we are preparing for."
"Today, the student and I had a review of various topics for final exam prep. We also discussed regression, parametric vs. non-parametric statistics, chi-square, ANOVA, etc. We also worked through some old quizzes."
"Today, the student and I had a chemistry session. She received an A- on her test, which is wonderful. We discussed some of the questions from the test including electron cloud in bonding versus non-bonding (lone) electron pairs. I explained that since the lone pair does not have a second atomic nucleus to draw the electron cloud, the orbital will be concentrated closer to the central atom and have a higher repulsive force. We then focused on topics that will be covered on her unit 5 test this coming Thursday. First we reviewed concepts and practice problems regarding Avogadro's number, the definition of a mole, conversions, and molar mass. In conversions, I emphasized that she always write the unit for each numerical value. Then we focused on writing and balancing chemical reactions, defining coefficients, and understanding moles of atoms versus moles of molecules. She was a pro at balancing reactions with her "RAP" method (reactant, atom, and product), and I suggested starting with the least common atom and ending with oxygen. I made concept suggestions for flashcards (including solubility rules and types of chemical reactions) and we will finish reviewing for her test during our next session on Tuesday."
"Today, the student and I went over chemistry basics involving the periodic table, molar mass, Avogadro's number, and density problems."