Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the benchmark exam content for her test tomorrow. We chose to focus on the questions and concepts that she had trouble understanding, or didn't know how to solve, and then moved on to problems where she determined the right answer, but wanted further explanation. First, we reviewed radiation types, their names, the types of particles emitted, and the relative strengths and properties of each. She was familiar with nuclear theory, but had not covered radiation in class. Next, we discussed atomic ratios in molecular formulas, and predicting them based on groups. She was very quick in assimilating the concept. Next, we discussed hazard symbols and laboratory safety. Unfortunately, her class is a purely conceptual one, with no wet lab, so she was unfamiliar with the specifics, though the reasoning made sense to her. We then covered oxidation and reduction, as well as the concept of oxidation numbers to predict molecular formula. Again, she made short work of the problems once the concept was explained. Lastly, we discussed unit conversions, using a spectra emission example. She had no review of scientific notation nor quantitative analysis or unit conversions at the beginning of the school year, so most of the concepts were foreign to her, but they were quickly picked up. We briefly discussed test taking strategies before scheduling our next session on Wednesday. She feels confident in her ability and preparedness for this test, a confidence I share."
"The student and I continued working on implicit differentiation, covering 12 problems. We tried different kinds of differentiation and subbed in the first deriv and original equation for y. We also explored second derivatives. We emphasized the difference between variables and numbers and proper simplification of equations."
"His second semester doesn't start until tomorrow, however we talked about his prior semester, what didn't go well, what his new schedule looks like, his study habits, organization skills, etc. The information he provided about himself and his class schedule helped us develop a game plan on how to be successful during his next semester. The next time we meet, he will have started his classes and there will be more to discuss and work on."
"We covered a recent AP Chem free response section. The student seemed to struggle with knowing when to use what equation and values. The student was willing to learn, even after they had gotten one or two wrong, and was good about it. I asked the student to prepare for next week by practicing some of the other free response questions that we did not get to or by using some of the older ones."
"The student and I covered Chapter 12 primarily today. We discussed some previous topics in chapters 10 and 11 to make sure he had them down, but our main focus was on Chapter 12. We worked through several of the example problems to gain knowledge and practice in the material covered. I encouraged him to continue to work on the practice quiz that we started together. I also encouraged him to start studying for the final now and memorize important equations, which should make solving some of the problems easier."
"We covered stoichiometry, molar ratios, molar masses and ideal molar volumes. We are linking conversion factors together through units, and the student seems to be making progress with what factors to use and when. He is going to get into geometric VSEPR theory soon, so next Tuesday we will probably have a lot to talk about."