Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this week's session, we dove into the students' latest unit: electrochemistry. Even though they had not received much in the form of classroom lecturing on the topic, they had already worked on a virtual lab and seemed to have the basics already down. Both students expressed that they found this particular unit very interesting, since it is a huge practical application of chemistry in a way that almost everyone can relate to (since we use batteries and electricity in just about everything). The homework assignment was our focus for today, and we were able to get through a majority of the questions. The trickiest questions were ones about electrolytic cells, since many aspects are reversed compared to voltaic cells. Some illustration and further explaining helped to clear up some of these common confusions. We also spent some time refreshing ourselves with balancing redox half-reactions, which was necessary for several problems requiring the stoichiometric coefficients of the full reaction. Arguably some the most complex problems, equating an amount of product to the required amount of current over time, were fairly straightforward to both students. It's obvious they are very engaged with this material in particular, and I see them having no problems mastering it."
"Today, the student and I covered chromosomes, terms such as gene, allele, locus, genome, mutation, haploid and diploid. She was comfortable with the material, she just needed some clarification about certain terms before her quiz tomorrow. She will read over the homework sheets she received in class to prepare more for the quiz."
"The student and I went over a small amount of classwork while I explained Gaussian surfaces and potential difference in circuits. I gave him mostly a prequel of how sessions will be worked out, dealing with classwork, AP exam work, and general teaching. After doing some problems, I worked on getting him ready for his next class by talking and teaching circuits."
"Today's lesson involved performing online chemistry questions as relating to the student's online chemistry class. Material covered acids and bases, PH calculations, buffers, and equilibrium calculations. All questions answered, and relevant mathematical expressions performed and explained. She is to continue to perform practice problems and review for her upcoming online final exam."
"The student worked entirely on an optics lab intended to measure the focal length of a converging lenses. As usual, he has been on point regarding labs and he showed me he scored a 96 on his most recent exam. The math was a bit more complicated as optimization requires the formulation of two equations and the manipulation of such."
"We reviewed how to construct and interpret 95% confidence intervals for proportions and means. We also examined a few problems related to statistical inference, such as interpreting p-values and critical regions. We also discussed how to differentiate between the t-distribution and the normal distribution. I encouraged the student to be careful with her calculations to make sure that her estimates are correct."