Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on science. We discussed Charles' Law and Boyle's Law - what they were, when you used them, what the graphs looked like. She used this information to finish some homework she received earlier in the day. I was able to help her understand some notes she had taken during class, and to explain an example her teacher had given that she had not understood. Afterwards, we reviewed the definitions we worked on during the Tuesday session, as she has a test coming up. She remembered most of them, but struggled with crystalline/crystal lattice and the relationship between fluid/liquid/gas. We talked about what each meant, and worked on different devices/tricks to remember which was which. By the end of the session, she had a good grasp on all of the terms, and was able to answer some questions I posed her (for example - would a ball bounce better if it had more or less elasticity, and would you like a bridge to have more or less ductility/strength/brittleness?)"
"We focused on electron configuration, relating it to the Aufbau principle, defining quantum numbers, and using quantum numbers as addresses for electrons. We also related electron addresses to the structure of the periodic table and learned how to identify elements based on the quantum number address of the last electron added. Finally, we began studying the relationship of electron configuration with chemical activity of the valence electrons and how that is reflected in the periodic table. Parenthetically, the student told me her last test score improved after our work."
"Today, I began the session by providing a binder in order to keep better track of his chemistry notes. I also wanted to get an idea of the breakdown of how he is evaluated in his course, and told him to obtain a copy of his syllabus for me to look at. We reviewed the remainder of his thermodynamics chapter and worked through some practice problems. He then worked on the homework he had to complete by tomorrow on the next chapter. He seems to be able to grasp and apply topics once he sees how to apply them to a problem."