Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to prepare for Friday's test on momentum, so we went over the major concepts surrounding momentum, impulse, and conservation of momentum in collisions. We explored kinetic energy and possible conservation options, and finished with elastic potential energy. The computations are easy for him so he continues to look for ways to deepen his conceptual understanding. I think we made good progress today!"
"Today the student and I continued reviewing balancing equations. There was a new worksheet that required her to balance equations from nomenclature. I showed her different examples on how to approach each problem, then let her attempt them on her own. She did very well. I reemphasized that she needs to slow down when doing each problem. I also mentioned that if she is ever stuck, she needs to completely start over the problem instead of looking for her mistake. I left her with additional problems to work on to prepare for her test on Thursday."
"For our first session we discussed about the class and how the student wants to work on in each session. The class has weekly homework and lab assignment and that's generally what the student wants to work on in preparation for the exams. In this session we went over the first assignment on bacterial resistance, and the mechanisms and transmission associated with it. Also, we went over the scientific method. The professor wants students to keep up on current events in science, and we discussed how this pertains to the class."
"We covered moles, atoms, molar weights, conversions, molecules, molecular weights, and understanding how to convert between mass and moles, as well as balancing chemical equations. The student is struggling to grasp the difference between the molecular and molar scales, so we worked on understanding what macroscopic means, compared to microscopic. We covered the ladder strategy, and tabulated reactant and products to cover how to balance chemical equations. His additional practice will be from his book problems. His conversions homework was very good, and I think he understands better now how to balance equations efficiently."
"We worked on chemical kinetics and rate laws, reviewing and explaining the material from the student's textbook and discussing how to solve various types of problems. We talked about how to get rates from graphs of reactants and products over time, how to calculate average reactant rate, how to determine rate laws from initial rate data, the order of a reactant in a rate law, and how to find a rate law from a reaction mechanism."
"We covered simple harmonic motion in springs and pendulums. The strategies we covered were just thinking about the problems and laying out the equations to figure out shorter ways of doing the problems. I also asked her to do a few pendulum problems for the test coming up."