Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for our first session today. We discussed first what her goals were with me as her tutor. She has three main goals: 1. Connect concepts better; 2. Prepare for the AP exam; 3. Raise her grade at least one letter. After we established her goals, we jumped into her last exam from the previous semester to get a sense of where she left off. The test covered colligative properties, specifically calculations involving freezing point depression and boiling point elevation. We went through the problems she missed at least one point on and she had me explain why she got the points off and wanted to understand the topic better by reciting her understanding back to me. I can tell the student knows this material well, it just may be a bit rusty and require further practice. When we got through her old test, we went on to what she has covered this semester so far and what she is currently working on. I went through her notes on chemical equilibrium and she had me explain the concept of the equilibrium constants in terms of concentration and partial pressures, reaction quotient and reaction rates. She had a light bulb moment when I explained to her that the equilibrium expression is essentially the ratio of the concentration of products to the concentration of reactants. She was then able to easily assess which direction a reaction was favored, given the relative concentrations or partial pressures of the reactants and products. After we went through her notes, we worked on her homework assignment covering the same material. She did well with the problems, only needing my help to start the problem or when she got stuck."
"We worked on Chemical Equilibrium, different levels of difficulty, equilibrium constant calculations using molarity and partial pressures, ICE tables, etc. The student seems to understand this section well. I think she just needs to go slower and write out things before doing calculations. The math is Algebra based, but it is easy to mess something up due to all the steps. She has a few more homework problems to work on."
"We went over angular momentum and its components. We discussed the moment of inertia and how to pick the correct equation for it. We also covered conservation of angular momentum and how to use the concept to solve problems."