Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed a recent test, with a focus on dimensional analysis and approaches to solving different types of problems. We also reviewed a worksheet that she had completed for a class, including topics such as mass number, neutrons, isotopes, and molecular weight as it relates to moles and moles/gram."
"Reviewed lab and review sheet in preparation for a possible test on Friday. Quizzed the student on elements, laws, and concepts she needed to have memorized. She picked them up quickly and was able to answer most of my questions regarding concepts and terminology rather well. With a little extra studying before the test she will be fine."
"Today we went over review questions for a geometry quiz that he will have on Monday. He seemed to do well with the geometry. We also reviewed questions for a chemistry test that he will have on Tuesday. I told him that the best way to review for this test is to review the homework problems and if he had problems performing the questions then we could look at them together."
"I began tutoring the student for chemistry today. They have not covered a great deal of material, so we spent some time on the differences between pure substances and mixtures. The majority of our time, though, was spent on significant figures and calculations using significant figures. This is the student's first science class in which her mathematics will have to include units, so we talked a bit about how to include units in calculations. I did not leave her with any practice other than her normal school work. I think that, as the semester progresses and they move on to the more quantitative chemical concepts like density, moles, molarity, etc., the tutoring sessions will be very useful, since this type of math is entirely new to the student."
"In this session, I went over electron configurations of elements and ions. I compared the configurations to addresses; each configuration is unique and points to a specific element on the periodic table. He was able to grasp this concept and match configurations to specific elements and vice versa. To complete the configurations, I went over how each other lower shell would be filled and he just had to write those in after finding the highest shell. Once he grasped this, he was cruising. For ions, we went over how and positively charged ion loses an electron, so you take them away from the configuration. Conversely, a negatively charged ion adds electrons, so you add them into the configuration. He also grasped this concept fairly well."
"We went over chapter 2 and 3 of his biology textbook and took notes. At the end of the session, we went over random AP biology practice problems. Overall, this was a great session."