Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered his trigonometry homework. I gave him a basic set of rules to deal with any trigonometry problem, and he took that information and became a trig solving machine. He picked it up lightning fast."
"We worked together on rates and rate laws for solving chemical kinetic problems. We also covered the concepts of activated complex, reaction order, half-life, and rate determining steps."
"Today we reviewed ecology by going over the student's take home reviews. We went over ecosystems, including biomes and climate; populations, including competition; dispersal; and foodwebs and communities, including reproductive strategies and K and r selection. We also reviewed commensalism. The student seems to have a pretty strong grasp of the material."
"We worked on taking balanced chemical equations and using this information to determine the amount of grams, moles, or molecules needed to make the reaction occur. We focused mainly on understanding how to set up the equations, in order to logically get an answer."
"We spent the first part of the session going over the material they had covered in class since our last session, namely more on the mole concept, molar mass, and mole-to-gram / gram-to-mole conversions. We also looked at the current homework assignment on molarity; specifically, he had been asked to create molecular views of a series of solutions by adding the appropriate number of dots (representing various numbers of moles) to drawings of containers of varying volume and read a few pages of text on solutions and molarity. In addition to going over the questions at the end of his reading assignment (not homework), I also started him on - and left him with - a handful of stoichiometry exercises. He has no trouble with conceptual understanding. I plan on continuing to provide extra exercises for him in the hope that more practice will improve his memorization."
"We prepared the student for her upcoming physics test today. Her test is on combination circuits, so the whole lesson was spent finding voltage, current, resistance, and power in different aspects of the circuit. The student finished her homework from electricity number 10 and then used some supplemental questions that I had, dealing with combination circuits. The student did really well."
"During this session we covered stoichiometry, reactions, and solutions. We were working on reviewing for the student's upcoming midterm. We reviewed how to find the mass of solute in a solution when given the molarity and the volume of the solution. We also discussed how to use molarity and volume of solutions that are reacting to find out how much product will be made."
"The student has just started working on electricity in her physics class. Her homework assignment for this week involves Coulomb's Law. She did a really good job working with Coulomb's law when it only required plugging in numbers, but actually understanding the relationship between the variables was a little bit more difficult for her. From now on we will spend more time working on manipulating the formulas that we are using so that she gets more practice dealing with conceptual questions as opposed to just plugging in numbers. After working on physics, we did a little bit of geometry. She has started working on circles and she has an excellent understanding of how to find circumference from shapes that are inscribed in or circumscribed around circles. She didn't need hardly any help in geometry."
"Today we went over a number of calorimeter problems, essentially those from her latest lab note sheet. The student has a good understanding of determining the heat generated from a given chemical reaction, using appropriate conversion tables. The lab experiment involving the Styrofoam calorimeter was also reviewed. Some time was spent plotting the phase states of water onto a graph and visually noting where on the graph the locations of those phases (solid, liquid and gas). Later that evening I dropped off some practice test questions in order to prepare her for a chemistry quiz this week on Hess's Law and heat of reactions."
"Today, I had the opportunity to meet and begin working with the student. Today we covered concepts of acid-base chemistry, and worked some examples of solving titrations, and how to set up and approach various examples of those types of problems. The student seems most responsive to working practice examples, so I will prepare some supplemental materials to go over for our next session."
"Our last session allowed us to review various concepts. We looked specifically at solubility chemistry as well as how to approach all aspects of a titration. We finished by reviewing all of the concepts that were not covered thoroughly in the review material. It was a solid session."
"Today we went over acid and base equilibrium. The student seems to be doing great and understanding the concepts. He will have a test on Monday, so I am going to bring a practice test we can take together before the actual test."