Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began the session by asking a question about the causes of Boiling Point Elevation. It became clear from her question that she did not have a great grasp of energy transfer as well as several fundamental concepts in Thermodynamics. From there, we revisited the definitions of Heat, Enthalpy, and Temperature. Fundamentally, the biggest Gordian knot in the student's misunderstanding was the nature of Enthalpy. Once I defined it in a very left-brained, analytical way, consisting of two terms which could be understood by situations in which we ignore the other (ideal gasses and absolute zero), she began to be able to rectify her understanding from the center out. I continued to encourage her to use English to make sentences that formed complete and correct thoughts about the interplay between these concepts. I defined Bond Energies as the Energy stored in an arrangement of matter. From there, we revisited vaporization and phases, and showed how the Boiling Point Elevation just represented the additional kinetic energy required to transfer a liquid solvent particle from a solvation shell into the general liquid pool."
"Today we continued to review logical reasoning. The student struggled a little more today with some of the question types, but overall, his logic is sound. At this point, his main difficulty is figuring out what exactly each question type is asking. I provided some further clarification on question types, particularly "which of the following, if true..." This should help improve his accuracy moving forward."
"Today we went over several games that the student had attempted on her own previous to the lesson. In solving these games we re-affirmed the importance of having an accurate and complete game board as well as the importance of maintaining consistent notations throughout the game section."