Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered projectile motion in two dimensions. We went over old tests/quizzes and made corrections where the student had gone wrong. We went over three separate exams and discussed the problems. Most were either launching an object from the ground or launching it horizontally from a certain height. There were, however, a few other problems including relative motion. The purpose of this was to prepare the student for a quiz on this material tomorrow. We spent a lot of time going over the meaning behind each equation in one dimension and then applying that to two dimensions. I encouraged him to go over these problems again as well as the problems in the book. These problems all address the same concept, and he is starting to see the patterns. He got much faster at identifying which equations to use by the end of the session."
"Started to review for the student's exam. Reviewed significant figures, atomic theory, and electron configuration."
"On Tuesday late afternoon/early evening (5:00 - 6:30 PM), I tutored the student in 8th grade physical science. The topics we worked on/reviewed involved the definitions of the following concepts in physical science: what is/are matter, substances, chemistry, atoms, elements, compounds, physical and chemical properties of elements/compounds/substances, and chemical formulas. I had her write out notecards of the words on one side and the definitions on the other, and then I tested her understanding of the concepts using the notecards. For the most part, she has a good basic understanding of most of the definitions. Through repeated review and usage of the notecards, at the end of the session, she had a better understanding of the definitions of the concepts and the relationships/differences between them. In addition, at the end of the session, I suggested she continue to review the definitions on her own and/or with her parents Hopefully, the tutoring session helped her perform well the quiz the next day (Wednesday or Thursday) of these topics."
"The student and I worked on a couple of assignment problems on projectile motion. I had to take the time to explain the steps and the physics in some detail. We reviewed resolving vectors into components and how to apply the equations of kinematics in the x and y directions correctly. He should practice more in order to internalize these ideas and master the topic."
"We focused on working through the student's chemistry assignments, working with unit conversions, physical and chemical change, chemical equations, and calculations. While reviewing the assignments, we focused on learning the concepts and methods of solving problems as well."
"Today, we continued to work on stoichiometry problems. The student had little trouble solving these problems as he has been practicing them. We then spent considerable time discussing his extra credit, which required him to use percentage composition of organic substances to determine a molecule's empirical formula. He had a deep understanding of how to solve these problems once he finished the extra credit."