Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we went over the assignments and the student improved a bit in unit conversion, although she struggles with multi-step unit conversions occasionally. We went over a bit more of unit conversion. Today we went over atomic structure, the periodic table and finished periodic trends. She did excellent in these, scoring 100% in a quiz. She had an assignment requiring you to graph out the trends between electronegativity and atomic radii on Microsoft Excel and I helped walk her through. Next, we went over some integrated algebra, particularly helping her with ratios and finding the GCF and LCM. We quickly went over some practice problems for the aptitude test and she quickly learned to apply some concepts she learned in unit conversion and other parts we went over. She improved from the last session. We'll also go over biology for the next session as well."
"Our past session was fruitful, as the student earned an A- on her chemistry unit 5 test. Today we moved forward in preparing for her unit 6 test, which is tomorrow. First we reviewed test taking strategies. She said that useful tips in her unit 5 test included underlining key concepts and words as well as remembering to include all units in conversion problems. We went through worksheets and practice problems to cover the key concepts to be tested: stoichiometry and conversions, limiting reactant, percent yield, and percent composition. She and I discussed the concept of percent composition, and we did additional examples. We also looked at how to assess mass, volume, particles, and moles of different reactants and products in a reaction. For instance, we can use the molar mass to convert from grams to moles of one reactant, then use the mole ratio to convert to moles of another reactant, and then use the molar mass of the second reactant to calculate grams of the second reactant. The limiting reactant is determined by comparing the moles of both reactants. The reactant with fewer moles limits the reaction because it will be used up entirely. These chemistry concepts have built over time, and I believe that she has established a strong foundation in her chemistry knowledge."
"We covered the pH scale, acids and bases, oxidation numbers, acid-base reactions, redox reactions, precipitates, and started on the math for working out sample problems. The student did well. We broke down the concepts in different ways so that it was easier to understand why, rather than just pure memorization. There were some homework sheets for the student to work on for next session."
"The student and I reviewed for her exam on Chap1-3. We reviewed the study guide and focused on learning about the 4 macromolecules. Lastly, she completed questions from the chapter sections in the book. She is doing very well."
"Today was a continuation of the preparation for the student's test, accelerated motion, projectile motion, vector addition and separation into components."
"The student had her quiz last Tuesday which she did well on, but not quite as well as we were hoping. Today we covered a lot of calculus based materials, including volume integrals. We mainly focused on applications of Gauss' Law, including spherical conductors with charge distributions and planar distributions of charges."