Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did more test preparation, focusing on problem setup and related difficulties in execution for vector moment projections and static three force members. We also talked about effective studying and problem identification on tests."
"Today, we went over material that we previously reviewed: primarily stoichiometry, reaction energy diagrams, thermodynamics and oxidation reduction reactions. We came up with an easy way for the student to answer redox questions, and discussed how to use numbers to determine whether a reaction is endothermic or exothermic, as well as how to determine the change in heat of a reaction. We spent the majority of our time discussing stoichiometry, polishing her skills. She mastered the previous material, so we worked on incorporating reaction ratios (e.g. 2 mol X consumed per 3 mol Y produced) into our previous work. She should continue to practice this, although she is understanding the material well."
"Today, we worked on two dynamics questions, both focused on ballistics. Then we worked on a mechanics problem involving a steel bar with a tension force. Mostly we worked on the conceptualizing. And then we worked on two differential equations involving air resistance. The key area I am noticing is that he has difficulty starting multi-step problems. I will probably start focusing on the approach to multi-step problems in general."
"We worked on a dynamics homework assignment. I reviewed the basic problem solving methodology and the equations to be used. I then worked through three example problems. Two involving rectilinear Newtonian mechanics and one curvilinear. He will work on the assignment during the week. If he has any issues or questions, we will work on them next week."
"Before this class, the student had expressed concern about new material in his class involving universal gravitation and Kepler's laws. This proved to be tricky because it was a culmination of a lot of different topics, and from his initial misconceptions, it was clear these principles weren't covered thoroughly in class. I prepared a short lesson plan on the subject matter, which proved very helpful. Throughout the lesson, I gave him progressively difficult practice problems, most of which he ultimately proved to be comfortable with."
"The student has a lab final on Tuesday so we will meet one more time on Monday. Today we went over acid bases again, we went over the different types again, and practiced some more Ka to pH and pH to Ka problems. We also went over Le Chatelier's principle and the effect of temperature, concentration, as well as pressure change on the reaction. We practiced some more problems with them."