Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a crash course in equilibrium chemistry focusing on the ratio of products to reactants, what this tells is about a particular reaction, and then doing problems to reinforce these ideas."
"We started reviewing from the beginning of the year and worked mostly with naming.... ionic naming (with and without transition metals), acid naming and covalent naming, as well as ability to recognize these types of compounds. I gave the student some naming to practice with and also asked him to review and memorize the poly-atomic ions (I gave him a list) and gave him strategies to help with -ite vs -ate ions and bi- ions. Next time we will look forward to empirical formulas and chem equations."
"In this session, the student and I went more into depth on some periodic trends, specifically atomic radius. We discussed core charge, and how this affects comparing certain elements with other isoelectric species, as well as comparing uncharged species. I clarified a couple points, and he quickly picked up on these. I showed him the general trend of atomic radius towards Francium, and that the differential among elements of the same period is less than those of different periods. When we finished, I assisted with some Pre-Calculus homework, which covered operations in the complex plane, including transitioning between rectangular and polar coordinates with complex numbers."
"We covered transcription and translation in eukaryotes vs prokaryotes with the presence of an operon. She was struggling with reading the genetic code on using the codon sequence from mRNA to the corresponding amino acid. She was very appreciative of the material covered and feels more prepared for her exam next week. She also has a final coming up at the end of January that is cumulative."
"The student and I reviewed her study guide for the upcoming midterm. We reviewed the phases of the year with regards to the position of the Earth in its orbit around the sun. We also put some time into the concept of gravitational force and its relationship to Earth's velocity (kinetic energy) during phases of its orbit. She was able to get her worksheet onto the whiteboard and that made it so much easier to discuss diagrams. I am also doing the same thing with her PowerPoints."
"The student was ready to work when I arrived. For finals prep, I allowed her to pick the topic and she chose energy problems. Overall, the material is there, and she just needs practice (which she will get through further review)."