Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was primarily focused on the student's biology coursework, as she has an exam tomorrow on the material. I ask her to define a term or an entire concept. She can do it in her own words, explaining details of the processes. We reviewed all topics covered in her textbook, as well as all of her coursework and previous quiz. I asked her to relate all the concepts together into one overall example of natural selection and evolution, which she answered perfectly. After we covered everything multiple times, we moved on to her Spanish coursework. I went with her through the vocab one by one, repeating the words every minute or so to make sure they stuck in her head. After I thought she had enough words to make a sentence, I would ask her to repeat an English sentence in Spanish using her vocabulary words. I would then add extra words to the sentence to incorporate as many themed-words and conjugations as possible. I don't just want her to learn the vocabulary words individually, I want her to be able to make sentences using them, as this is the most efficient way to learn another language. We did a review of how to conjugate AR, ER, and IR verbs as well as special exceptions to certain conjugations with verbs like "jugar", "poder", and "tener" as these verbs are related to forming sentences in this chapter. I showed her a simple way to set up a vocabulary "guide-sheet" by writing English words on one half of a piece of paper, folding it long way and writing the Spanish words on the other side. Next session, we will block out some time to revisit her Spanish vocabulary."
"The student's test is next Wednesday. Because of this, I thought it would be good to review a bit of her stoichiometry and gases in addition to briefly covering this chapter because Saturday we will go into more detail on solution equilibrium. One mistake made was how to find molarity when given the weight of a substance, its molecular mass, and containers volume. She set her equation like this: weight(g)/molar mass (g/mol)/volume(l), which is right except she divided her molar mass by volume then that value by weight instead of doing them in sequential order. After going through some standard equilibrium constant problems Sarah did a wonderful job at setting up the equation. We went over that temperature was the average kinetic energy of a gas and she knw that if two gases had the same temperature the smaller one moved faster, but she forgot KE = 1/2mv^2. We did a few combustion problems and how empirical/molecular formula played a role in test maker's questions. She is starting her homework that we will go over on Saturday."
"We began new material involving types of reactions. These included acid/base reactions, redox reactions, combustion, oxidation, and reduction reactions. We also went over how to assign oxidation numbers and write net ionic equations. We studied molarity and solubility in solutions with precipitates."