Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on understanding density because she has a test on Monday. We reviewed the concept of density, its formula, and its units. We did practice problems in which she was given two of three components of the density formula. She could use some practice in manipulating units and solving for variables in an equation. I will email her some extra homework and resources and I think it would be great if we could have a few extra sessions where we get her up-to-date on these important concepts."
"The student and I went over some problems from her last summative exam together during this session. We also began reviewing equilibrium and acids/bases. This is the topic her next summative exam will be on. We reviewed some of the material and then did some free response questions, which she completed with minimal prompting from me. We will continue on this topic when we meet next week."
"The student and I reviewed the extra credit assignment for her AP biology class. The assignment focused on enzyme activity and digestive system. With the remaining time, we discussed her upcoming chemistry exam using the official chemistry exam review book. Specifically, we covered acids and bases and how to calculate Keq, pOH, and pH."
"We continued or work on significant figures and unit conversion by doing some examples from the textbook. We then went over the prelab for the student's first lab session, which involved measuring substances using different instruments and determining accuracy, precision, and percent error. Then we finished up the session going over the different ways that chemists present concentrations, whether by molarity, %, or g/L. The student has a very good grasp on the concepts we've been covering and is progressing well. I will provide him with some extra problems to practice unit conversion, significant figures, and basic properties of matter to prep for his first exam."
"The student and I finished out his review packet and he worked on some homework problems that were giving him some trouble. These covered topics like z-scores, box plots, 5-number summaries, and other topics we reviewed last time we met. He gets the material well enough, but I think his biggest hurdle are his softer skills - knowing how to interpret questions, gleaning key information from a problem, and applying that information to his formulas and such for the class. So, we spent a lot of time during our session working on how to read problems for key information, how to spot 'trick' questions, and simply slowing down when reading questions in order to ensure he's getting all the information he needs. I think he really took well to this, since it seems like no one else has taught him these things before, and it's helping tremendously already."
"Today we started with constant acceleration problems, working towards obtaining various variables. We concluded that it is easiest to start with the constant acceleration equation solving for position, and then quickly deriving to get the constant acceleration equation solving for velocity. Once we have these equations, we sorted out our knowns and unknowns to then create a system of equations and solved. Next we discussed rotational motion and the variables that are involved with those problems. We sorted through angular velocity, angular acceleration, tangential velocity, and tangential acceleration to help the student gain a better understanding of these problems. By using both equations and visualizations, she was able to see the problems more clearly. Lastly we went over some of the more challenging problems in her homework set. One involved both linear and rotational motion, and another had to do with forces and accelerations. By talking through each step, she saw how the problems came together with ease. Overall the session seemed to go well and some problem areas "clicked" for her."