Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met on Monday to continue reviewing problems in his book dealing with bonding. We specifically encountered problems that dealt with the following topics: Lewis structures, molecular orbital theory, VSEPR theory, and periodic trends including electron affinity, electronegativity, and atom size. In our sessions, I have allowed him to guide our approach and direction, and this appears to be a good system for us. We have another meeting scheduled this week during which we continue to prepare for his upcoming exam."
"We went over electron configurations, valence electrons, energy, and light for chemistry, and lots of similar triangles for math. The math was fairly straightforward, and I only had to guide him a little bit and then he was able to do the problems without much intervention from me."
"The student still amazes me with his chemistry retention. He is doing very well in our sessions, always impeccably polite, studious, and curious. We went over some of the problems that were assigned and he did very well. Since ionization energies were not covered by his professors in Russia, we spent about 45 mins covering the principles. I was very impressed that he was not reluctant to ask for help on these concepts and learned them quickly. We then discussed the mole road, converting between liters, gram formula mass, particles, and moles. We finished this excellent session with percent composition of molecules and calculating empirical formulas."
"Today, the student and I went over a previous test for her fluid dynamics course. She scored 89%, and we went over all of the problems and discussed solution strategies and her particular approach to the problems."
"Today, the student and I went over conservation of linear momentum. We talked a bit about angular momentum, but every single one of his HW problems was a linear collision. By the end of the session, he was able to do all the necessary calculations on his own and understood the concept well. We'll likely meet twice more before finals. I'll have more time next weekend and will reach out later about special scheduling for finals week."
"Today, the student and I went over more of her homework problem set on simple harmonic motion, oscillations, and energy conservation. I explained how when mechanical energy is conserved, we can use it as the total energy to calculate properties of the system at different moments in time, and I outlined how circular motion can be used to describe harmonic oscillators."