Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a lot of work on simple harmonic motion. We reviewed an oscillating ideal spring, a mass attached to a horizontal spring, and a non-point mass swinging on a pendulum. The student grasps concepts quickly, and I encouraged him to put in the time to memorize the requisite equations. I stressed how every linear calculation can have an angular analog."
"During today's session, we reviewed the new chapter she is covering in class regarding meiosis and gametogenesis. We covered the major concepts discussing spermatogenesis and oogenesis and the main components differentiating each process from the other. At the end of the session, we reviewed the main concepts and the student was able to recall most of the important information. She will continue reviewing the chapters covered yesterday and today, and I will quiz her on the concepts at the beginning of her session next week. The student continues to progress well with her studies and is a showing a strong understanding of the material."
"We worked through the free response questions from the old AP exam. We finished the whole free response question except for the last question. Concepts covered included titrations, partial pressures, ideal gas law, combustion, entropy and enthalpy, rate laws, predicting reaction behavior, and intermolecular forces. Strategies we worked on were identifying problem types and relevant equations/problem solving strategies, as well as working slowly and carefully to minimize errors. The student did especially well with the thermodynamics and intermolecular forces questions. For next session we plan to continue working on another set of free response questions."
"I went in depth about the structure of the atom, the interactions between protons and electrons, and how those interactions relation on the macroscopic scale. I brought what he did in the worksheet to help him understand what he was doing."
"The student and I went over some questions from her practice packet. The questions we covered were about solutions. I think she understands the material, but needs more work on approaching a problem. I set up another session for Monday at 5:30pm. I also sent some practice questions that we can use next time."
"The student had an optics test that we went over. Then we worked on a homework set about optics and the human eye. I promised to get back to him about corrective contact lenses and double lens systems (telescopes and microscopes)."