Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over more topics relating to the weather. We went over temperature, air pressure, air masses, weather fronts, and precipitation. On his last test he received a 79 (10/10 on free response and got 23/30 multiple choice correct). Both he and his mother want to improve this grade. The student and I went over the test together. I found that he overthought some questions and made simple errors on others. He also answered a few of the questions that I posed incorrectly. For future sessions I will make sure to build the foundation of science so that he does not make errors again (not knowing what the tilt of earth is responsible for versus the rotation of earth versus the revolution of earth). The student's mother would like extra materials for him to be working on as well."
"The student had a test on Tuesday and a review packet from class that we worked on for the majority of the session. The packet covered naming, assigning oxidation numbers/redox reactions, percent composition, empirical and molecular formulas, and basic mole conversions. She had the majority of the packet done, so I looked through it and helped her fix any she missed. She had missed some of the compound names, but upon reflection by her she said her mistakes were due to rushing. We looked over some of her already completed homework and quizzes from the previous week (most of which had grades in the B-C range) to see where she was struggling. When we looked at the problems she missed, she realized she had missed the majority due to rushing/not fully reading the problem. We talked about strategies to avoid rushing and making mistakes with compound names (circling or underlining polyatomic ions and/or metals that need roman numerals in the name). Her attitude was positive throughout. She is much more confident with naming and has no problem assigning oxidation numbers, doing percent composition problems, and finding empirical/molecular formulas."
"Today the student and I discussed the pathway of protein digestion and the absorption of amino acids. He remembered a lot from yesterday's session and seems to have some knowledge of the basics of protein digestion already. Tonight he will be sending me more information about his theoretical model of protein digestion and how the quality of meat affects protein digestion. We are still learning how to maximize our time during these short sessions, so we outlined a lesson plan for tomorrow's session. Tomorrow we will discuss protein digestion in more detail, focusing on deamination and the body's utilization of amino acids once protein is digested."
"During this session SI units, converting between SI units using conversions factors, the structure of atoms and the periodic table, and the mole/Avogadro's number were reviewed by completing practice problems."
"Today we continued our review for the student's final. We spent the majority of the session discussing quantum numbers, hybridization, empirical and molecular formulas, the combined gas law, and the ideal gas law."
"The student and I worked through 5 problems that needed test corrections, talking about how to frame the problems step-by-step. One particularly challenging problem concerned pushing something up a ramp only to have it "jump" off a cliff at the end. We discussed changing coordinate systems and working the problem systematically."