Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student & I worked through understanding her course materials in order to do a homework problem. Specifically, the problem involved calculating moments and shear forces."
"Class went well. The student needed help on his homework packet for acid/bases and titration problems. I explained the concepts for the problem set we worked on. He was able to complete the homework packet."
"We continued discussing reactions in aqueous solutions, specifically with buffers. Many of the questions dealt with the pH of salts dissolved in water, requiring a lot of background knowledge about equilibrium, acids, and bases. The homework was much more challenging than expected. We had to review a lot of information about determining the relative strengths of acids and bases by examining the equilibrium acid and base constants and also by using ICE tables to find the initial and final concentrations, and the change between them. Because the problems were especially challenging and required synthesis of many skills, we will review them again next week before the exam."
"We began by discussing the concepts of momentum and impulse. We reviewed few homework problems. She was very receptive to the material and interactively asked questions for clarification. We then went over a few conceptual topics such as the conservation of momentum and how Newton's third law ties into some problems. She did excellent with applying formulas to word problems. I suggested she look at any physics textbook she can access to understand in depth about the conceptual aspect of the topics discussed today. I also mentioned the possible use of online videos of demonstrations of these topics to help further her understanding."
"Today, we discussed solving equilibrium and kinetics problems. She solved some homework problems and we also discussed about acid-base theory. We discussed the concept of Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry acids, and Lewis definition of acids and bases. We discussed how to determine the strength of acids and bases from dissociation constant. We discussed how to calculate pH, pKa, pkb, pKw and their relationship with each other. The student needs to master the application of acid base theory in calculating pH and other related parameters. Next week, we will continue the session about acid-base theory and the student will solve some practice problems of kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and acid-base theory."
"The student is making great progress and doing very well on quizzes. We studied for his exam focusing on naming ionic and molecular compounds, conversions, percent composition, the periodic table, molar mass, and molar ratio. I left the student with a few additional problems in the subject area of balancing equations and finding grams of a substance when given grams of a different substance."
"The student worked through problems involving centripetal acceleration and time-dependent forces. We made very efficient use of the time, and she asked wonderful questions to make sure she was understanding the material at a conceptual as well as procedural level. At the end of the session, the student asked about the possibility of covering some calculus problems as well in the future, to which I agreed."
"We reviewed exam multiple choice questions. The student was able to figure solutions to all problems. I sent the student actual exam multiple choice questions and will be finding more for him to do on his own time for practice."
"We covered topic on plant defenses: how plant immune system works, different examples of defenses, how successful plants are in utilizing those defenses. We also covered some test taking strategies."
"Today, we discussed on the student's Science project. He conducted his experiment and gathered data, and we discussed how to record the data in a graph. We decided to use a bar graph that shows all of the data and allows a person to easily decipher the data from his experiment. The student began to make his graph. We measured and spaced out the different elements of the graph so it would be neatly completed. The student had to add a few more details to his procedure list and had vocabulary sentences to complete."
"The student was working on problems of torque and rotational motion, and static equilibrium. We discussed what center of gravity is, and what torque is, and how to visualize them. I think those pictures may have helped the student out for her test tomorrow, and she seemed to be able to work with solving for forces quite well. It would always be nice to have a little more time to practice some more, but the student seemed to get some things out of the session to be able to use for her test."
"As usual, we made a list of the student's homework for the night, and he decided what order he wanted to do his assignments in. We went over his math homework, which dealt with integers; he had a good grasp of this. We moved on to a science study guide relating to energy. With little prompting, he can form explanations and examples to show the concepts that he's learning about. Lastly, he worked on a short social studies assignment about Greek mythology."