Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered phase changes, vapor pressure, intermolecular forces, cohesion, adhesion, and how to calculate the heat required for phase change (heat of vaporization, sublimation, and fusion) as well as the heat required for temperature change of a phase (specific heat). The student has a test coming up soon, so we plan on meeting again Wednesday night to go over any topics he is still unclear on. I will prepare a practice test on the material to see how he does."
"We skipped the section of the AP booklet on electricity/ magnetism because they just started covering that in class. We did waves and SHM instead. As usual, I also gave her a few problems from the main textbook as homework."
"We covered: (R)ICE tables, pH of solutions, and other concepts in aqueous equilibrium. The student seemed eager to learn and master the materials. He was friendly and maintained a professional attitude throughout the duration of our session. I gave him some tips to approaching written chemistry questions. I will be sending him a link to a great practice worksheet. For our first session together, he seemed to be engaged and interested in working hard on the problems at hand. We made some great progress for it being our first session, and I look forward to working with him again."
"We did work towards understanding vibrations problems. Many of the problems on this section went beyond the notes given in class, so that made things more difficult. Finals are coming up shortly, but we'll be sure to get something set up so that you're ready for the exam."
"I went over a five-part question and two multiple-choice questions from the student's packet on electricity and magnetism. Emphasis was made on making a connection among mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. I focused on establishing understanding of interactions of electric and magnetic fields. He had some trouble understanding the ideas, but after in depth examples and explanations, he understood the basics of their interactions and possible interruptions of classical mechanical processes."
"Today, we covered topics related to entropy and free energy, utilizing a number of questions used on prior exams. The majority of the questions were focused on a conceptual understanding of entropy and how changes in a system's enthalpy can influence entropy. We also discussed the second law of thermodynamics and how it applies to entropy of a system and its surroundings."