Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is finishing up her chapter on sound waves after having taken a test on waves in general. After doing a general review, we reviewed material on sound waves specifically which we had covered last week together. I went through her review material and asked her random questions about various topics to test how she was really feeling about the material. The student did great! For the last quarter of our session, we went over her AP exam for physics. The student is currently taking many AP courses so she has multiple exams to study for. I recommended a book to use as a reference for the AP exam with strategies, general information, knowledge review and practice exams. We spent time going through a few chapters in the book. After this I asked her to look over these areas in the knowledge review section of her book so that we can go over any problems that she is having with the material. We will continue with this study plan during future sessions."
"Reviewed Nervous system, i.e. action potential (Na/K, Ca, depolarization, repolarization, hyperpolarization), Cranial Nerves, Sensory vs Motor, Somatic, Brain (Cerebellum, Cerebrum, Medulla)."
"The student and I reviewed her homework from a recitation session and an online homework assignment. The subject was optics, focusing on diffraction patterns and interference."
"During our session, we first went over the concept of electron configuration. I had sent the student a short video lecture on the topic to watch before our session, but he still required some more explanation to understand it. Afterwards, we got into the fundamental topics that are on the assessment exam. The main focus was nuclear chemistry. We discussed the concept of unstable nuclei and did several practice problems on the different types of a decay (using alpha, beta, gamma particles etc.). We then moved onto bonding, and discussed endo/exothermic processes and ionic bonds."
"The student was having issues with basic concepts about solutions and how to carry out calculations about solutions. This is an area that is challenging to many students. We spent time working on a very simple solution example, and continued with the same sample from different concentration perspectives (w/w%, w/vol%, ppm mass, ppm mass/volume, mole fraction). By the end of the session he was progressing rapidly, appeared to have developed a grasp of the essential concepts, and felt confident about moving on to take the test that I understood was scheduled for the next day. The student was attentive for the entire session, and made rapid progress. Another session before the test probably would have been helpful, as an initial "crash" effort like this can leave the student with a sense of stronger command than has actually been achieved."
"Today the student and I worked on stability of double bonds and carbocations, electronegativity vs atomic radius and how it relates to orbital hybridization of carbon, hydrations of double bonds (all 3 types), additions of HX, X2, X2 in water to double bonds, E1, a bit on hydrogen and methyl shifts."