Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has two tests coming up this week in Earth science, one for the lab on Tuesday and the final on Friday. Today we reviewed the lab material including identifying two rocks and a mineral, determining the epicenter of an earthquake, and figuring out the eccentricity of an orbit. We then started studying for her final by working through topographical maps, sedimentary rocks and igneous rocks. We then finished by going back over the lab questions to make sure she understood the type of questions they will ask on that final."
"The student and I met to finish our chemistry review in advance of his end-of-course exam on Monday. We did a broad review of topics based on the objectives, including topics such as gas laws, intra- and intermolecular forces, predicting the properties of a compound based on its properties (e.g., polar/nonpolar, ionic/covalent), periodic trends, phase diagrams and energy diagrams. He did a great job reviewing the range of material, and I aimed to highlight key facts for him to know for the test. He also emailed me on Sunday to ask about molecular geometry and solubility rules - I thought it showed good insight that he was able to recognize further concepts for review. Good luck on your test!"
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming test. We studied acid/base chemistry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and Le Chatelier's principle. I wrote practice problems for each section and we worked through them and wrote the key ideas for each on her study notecard."
"I worked with the student on his chemistry packet. The specific concepts we covered were thermodynamics and combustion reactions. He needed help with some of the concepts from this chapter, like identifying an endo/ exothermic reaction. I believe he made some progress by the end of our lesson and was able to complete a good amount of his packet. He seemed to understand the material we covered."
"In this final session, the student and I covered more of the topics for his final. We focused on gas laws, Lewis structures, and VSEPR (geometry and shapes of molecules). In addition, we worked on stoichiometry problems. In the session, he was able to easily work on all the problems, and needed just a bit more help with the VSEPR geometry, since he is still new to it. However, with a bit more time to memorizing the shapes, I know he can master the material. Leaving the session, I am super pleased with his accomplishments and know he will do really well on his final exam."
"Today we reviewed conservation of energy, as well as impulse-momentum for the student's first midterm exam. There was a lot of material, so we did our best to work through a few complicated examples. Overall, I would suggest working a lot of problems. That's the trick to getting better intuition for the tests, which can be notoriously difficult. We will work on this more next session."