Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: Gasses. We began with the Ideal Gas Law, and its component terms. We talked about the ideal gas assumptions, and how they explain how an ideal gas is a model whose behavior can deviate from the measured behavior of gasses in the lab. We discussed real gasses in terms of reactions and intermolecular forces, discussing but de-emphasizing the Van der Waals equations of state, which are explanatory but not on the test. We discussed the component laws of the ideal gas law and the direct/indirect relationships and graphs that are tested on. We discussed the volume of ideal gasses. We ran through a simple problem that allowed me to show the student my error-reducing method for stoichiometry problems in chemistry. We discussed Dalton's Law and how to use proportions to reduce calculating time. We closed with the discussion of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution and the derivation of the RMS speed as a measure of central tendency of that distribution. [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: She learned the definition of Temp and Pressure today, and the units/scales used to measure them. Today, she also learned how to delineate measurements scales, a concept in stats. She was pleased to learn my mnemonics for learning and distinguishing STP and std. conditions. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: We will briefly discuss Graham's Law, then move on to Gas Thermo, and come back to the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution to explain chemical kinetics and the beginnings of equilibrium. [CONCERNS]: None."
"This session, we worked plenty of data sufficiency, and the student is having a lot of success with the easier ones. We read the Brazil comprehension passage, and she's getting much better at those questions. We also did a few sentence corrections (hard ones!) and a couple tough critical reasoning prompts."
"I covered the matrix of verb tenses for the verbal portion of the graduate school entrance exam. I covered numerous math questions involving challenging Venn diagram concepts. Overall, he understood all of the concepts quite well."