Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this lesson, we reviewed material covering work, momentum, Hooke's law, and energy and angular dynamics. We worked problems covering all of this material, and discussed the implicit relationship between dynamic variables and time. The student seems to have a fairly good grasp on the math required to be successful in this course, though there are some small conceptual issues. We discussed how to use all the information from a problem to solve problems."
"In this session, we covered the assigned problem set from the student's second week of physics. Having met her goals of achieving a 100% on the introductory quiz, she worked on conceptual problems and homework assigned problems to better understand the differences between speed and velocity. We covered graph-based approaches to determining exact velocity and acceleration values. We touched on kinematics equations and which ones to pick for which situations."
"In this session, we covered the terminology and chemical trends associated with the periodic table. We covered the names of groups, the relation between group number and valence electrons, and how to predict what ion(s) an atom will form based on its position in the table. We covered periodic trends such as atomic radius, electronegativity, electron affinity, and ionization energy. The student was astute and grasped with surprising ease the chemical logic behind this bewildering array of concepts. I recommend practice, practice, practice in preparation for the upcoming test. With these concepts, as I have personally experienced, it is all too easy to confuse 'higher' with 'lower' or 'bigger' with 'smaller'. Repetition builds the intuition necessary to keep all of the terms straight."
"In this session, we discussed a circuit including 12 resistors to calculate the voltages and currents for each element. By going through the problem, we reviewed KCL, KVL, VDR, CDR and Ohm's law. I taught the student a strategy to handle this type of problem."
"In this session, we discussed the beginning topics of General Chemistry - Atomic theory, electron configuration, ion formation, electronegativity, and stoichiometry. We were able to go through several sample problems to make sure that the student could recall the topic from her chemistry course last semester. We will have another session to continue our review."
"In this session, we focused on the limiting reactant of a chemical reaction. I went over how to identify the reactant and how to determine the maximum amount of product that can be formed. This was done by utilizing stoichiometry methods that she has previously learned. By the end of the session, she was able to get through problems with little to no help on my end."