Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was continuing to prepare for her final exam, and we dealt with a variety of topics, from mechanics to wave motion to electrostatics. It was a lot to cover, and I think we kicked some cobwebs off of ideas presented in her class earlier in the semester. It was a lot to take in, and she will need to practice more, but we established some things to remember."
"This was a great session. We introduced acid/base chemistry with conversions from pH to [H3O+] and [OH-] and between the two ion concentrations. We also defined concentration as M=mol/L. We then began our finals review. We reviewed subatomic particles, isotopes, and ions. We then looked at electron configuration(1s2, 2s2, 2p6, etc.). We then reviewed stoichiometry, significant figures, scientific notation, Lewis dot structures, and various bonds. We will review further on Monday evening."
"The student and her class partner are giving a presentation on the mechanics of the Silver Bullet tomorrow, so I helped guide her through it. We went over numerous topics: kinetic energy, momentum, average velocity, and centripetal forces. She was comprehensive in her approach and it should translate into an understanding of the topics and ability to relay the information to her classmates."
"We reviewed for the final which included a little of many different topics in physics. This covered thermodynamics, center of mass, kinematic equations, refraction, tension, waves, quantum and nuclear physics, electrostatics, relationships in equations, and some chemistry."
"Today we reviewed balancing equations, oxidation numbers, and different types of cells. This student seems to be doing pretty well, although he was having a hard time working with patterns. Giving him tricks to see the patterns has definitely improved his knowledge."
"For this session, we focused on covering reactions with alcohols, epoxides, and protecting groups. We thoroughly discussed the material, including mechanisms when necessary. The student seemed to mostly struggle with the idea of when to use protecting groups, largely due to the fact that we only discussed them within the context of Grignard reactions first. But once we went over a dehydration/ elimination reaction, I showed him the applications of it outside of just Grignard reactions. Aside from that, he did not seem to have very much trouble with the rest of the material; the differences between acid- and base-catalyzed epoxide reactions seemed straightforward to him."