Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a review of the course so far together, primarily momentum problems. The student seems to have a pretty good grasp of these concepts. After the review, we did some rotational motion and torque problems together. Again, he seems to have a pretty good understanding of these concepts."
"The student is starting to work on cancers, but hasn't gotten a whole lot of the information yet. We talked through some of the broad concepts, avoiding digging in too deep until she has had primary instruction. Primarily this consisted of discussing different ways that cells can become cancerous, including different carcinogens and different genes that, when damaged, can make it more likely for a cell to become cancerous. Towards the end of the session we focused on some of the new vocabulary that is coming along with the new topic. She will have a quiz on Friday, so we scheduled a Thursday evening session to review beforehand."
"Today, the student came in a bit confused from what her teacher taught about rate laws and order of reactions, so we went over those materials. After reviewing and allowing her to do several examples on her own, she had a full understanding of how to find the order of the reaction and the rate law in advance of her quiz tomorrow."
"We worked on solving gas law problems. The concepts we discussed included finding pressure with a manometer, using the ideal gas law with a reaction to find the amount of a reactant/ product, root-mean-square velocity, and the definition of pressure. The student seems to have a good understanding of the material, but needs help knowing where to start with a problem sometimes."
"The student has a midterm tomorrow. We covered the free response questions for solutions and reactions from her review packet. She reports that she often struggles with free response. I gave her general guidelines for constructing free response answers and showed her how to identify relevant information from the set ups. She does well on stoichiometry and gas laws. She will review solubility on her own."
"This session we covered Avogadro's number. We reviewed problems from a previous exam the student has to retake. I explained that Avogadro's number is similar to a 'dozen.' A dozen simply represents 12 just as Avogadro represents 6.02*10^23 molecules/ atoms/ ions for every mole of a compound. Having explained this, we went on to review converting from grams of a substance to grams of another substance and referring to stoichiometry of a balanced equation. Afterwards, we took time to differentiate between solving for percent yield versus theoretical yield. Lastly, we covered empirical formula and how to solve when only given the percentages of the elements present as well as how to formulate a molecular formula from the empirical formula."