Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent some time on chemistry because the student had a quiz coming up, but she seemed to be fine in this subject so we spent more time on algebra where she was struggling a bit. In chem, we reviewed balancing equations and determining oxidation numbers of atoms and compounds based on periodic table and other class materials. In algebra, we did more work on binomials, trinomials, and polynomials, factoring by grouping, factoring cubes, and other factoring methods. She is progressing in her understanding in both subjects."
"Today, we went back to reviewing naming ionic compounds. He picked up relatively quickly and did manage to remember most of what we did before Thanksgiving break. Next, we went into naming molecular compounds and introduced him to prefixes. Having learned French, he was relatively familiar with most of the Latin numerical prefixes for naming molecular compounds such as mono, di, tri, etc. I gave him some exercises and worksheets to help solidify him in naming these compounds. Finally, we went into naming acids and bases. At first, he found it a bit tricky because he didn't know when to add "hydro"ù to the name or not. But after a few more examples, he picked up rather quickly. Overall, the student is really smart and focuses well in class."
"The student completed several journals and notes in the chapter on atomic theory over break. We began by reviewing the module about atomic structures and atomic orbitals. He is still speeding through his readings and does not seem to be retaining the material. When I referred him back to his handwritten notes, he didn't seem to have many things to go by. I directed him to key points in the lessons and encouraged him to bullet point any definitions, terms, important conversion factors, and historical figures so that he can begin to pick out items from the lessons to remember. Since he is doing the online school, encouraging good note taking has been difficult since he can always bring up another window on his computer screen and have the quiz and lesson side by side. However, he does realize he cannot do that when it comes time to take the final or SAT subject test. We re-took 3 unit quizzes and he scored better on all them then prior. Since there are so many components of this class (lessons, journals, quizzes, exams, labs) we have decided to add another day of the week in our tutoring sessions."