Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I had the pleasure of working with the student. We did a general assessment of the concepts that he needed help with for his AP Chemistry course. We covered a couple of topics within thermodynamics. He is able to make connections with the material quickly. I believe that if he can solidify his foundational knowledge and practice applying that knowledge, he will make great progress."
"At today's session, the student and I focused on states of matter, boiling point elevation, freezing point depression, Van't Hoff factors, and acid/base chemistry. We discussed the concepts of boiling point elevation, freezing point depression, and the application of these to Henry's Law. I then gave her some practice problems on calculating Van't Hoff factors for strong and weak acids and bases. We then watched an example of an acid/base problem being solved on YouTube, and I then had her solve one of those problems on her own. She indicated that this helped clarify some steps in the process for her, and that she was no longer confused about solving acid/base problems. She had a very good attitude, and seemed eager to learn and correct her mistakes. She did not have any areas of obvious struggle. I recommended that she review from an AP review book, when studying for her AP Chemistry class. Great job!"
"We reviewed simple harmonic motion of springs from our last session, and related those concepts to pendulums. We spent most of the time on conservation of energy for springs, both assuming simple harmonic motion and using geometry. She is doing very well with the concepts from the last session. We ended the session discussing the motion of a pendulum in an elevator or a car, and we will review that concept again next time."
"Today we started a new chapter, "Internal Flows." We started with the introduction and discussed the fundamentals and significance of internal fluid flows and fluid viscosity. Next we discussed fully developed laminar flows in pipes followed by a discussion on laminar and turbulent flows. We moved on to discuss head loss and calculation related to fully developed turbulent flows in pipes. We also solved problems 9-1 through 9-4. Next week we will pick up from the entrance effects."
"Today we worked through everything the student has learned in science since we last met. That involved a discussion of telescopes, the details of gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, unit conversions, and probabilities. We then spent some time going over new math concepts, including the types of numbers, lattice multiplication, and scientific notation. He seemed very engaged with all the concepts, and is improving in focus and motivation."
"The student and I discussed defining and identifying acids/ bases, calculating pH and pOH of strong and weak acids/ bases, setting up and distinguishing the difference between ICE and ICF table, setting Ka/Kb expressions and applying them to calculate the concentration of hydronium/ hydroxide ion, understanding the titration process, recognizing the titration curve of strong acid and base, weak acid and strong base, and weak base and strong acid, understanding the equivalence point and half equivalence point, choosing appropriate pair of buffer, and indicator for a titration process. She absorbed the materials well. She needed to practice more on the math so she would be able to recognize the type of problem and solve them more quickly. We will continue to work on this."