Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the earlier thermodynamic problems. Overall, the student understood the problems very well and will be ready for the test."
"We covered the final section in the student's algebra textbook, which talked about combinations. He had a little bit of trouble with the probability portion of this section, so that's something we'll cover in more detail in the coming days leading up to his test. Otherwise, he did well with the definition of a combination and the difference between a permutation and a combination/when to use each. In science, we discussed the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), their unique features, their moons, and the potential for life on each. We also discussed the dwarf planets, Sedna, asteroids, meteoroids, and comets."
"Today, the student and I finished our review of kinematics for his final exam. We focused on 1-dimensional motion and the associated equations of motion for both constant velocity and constant acceleration situations. We spent time explicitly going over the phrasing used in problems and going over how the pieces fit together, which seemed to help him understand how the problems are solved. We solved a half dozen or so problems together, which will give him material to go over, and he seemed to be getting more comfortable applying the equations as we solved more problems."
"The student is studying and reviewing for her test tomorrow and wanted some last minute help on specific problem types that she is struggling with. Problem types that we went over included the rate of gas effusion, identifying redox reactions, balancing net ionic reactions, oxidation states (charges) of elements in compounds, and stoichiometry problems (including mass-mole relationships, neutralization or acid-base reaction, molarity, and mixture problems). I advised her to be cautious when reading the problems and identify the ratios between the components being reacted. An extra worksheet on net ionic reactions was pulled from the web in case she wants extra practice."
"We went over final study review including writing chemical formula, atomic structures, atomic orbitals, and some exam tips. The student is doing well in reviewing and feeling ready for the exam."
"Today, we started by looking at how to write explicit and recursive equations for sequences. We also looked at how to solve systems of equations. We then reviewed rules for simplifying expressions with exponents. I also edited the student's essays for the Scholarship. The ideas are there. However, she needs to work on connecting one idea to another so that the paper will flow better. We also brainstormed some ideas on how she could expand her essay about her favorite teacher."