Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over how to calculate the exchange of energy using specific heat, heat capacity relative to phase changes, and change in temperature. This was the area she struggled with the most. We also covered solvents, solutes and solutions, practiced converting volumes and concentrations to moles of product using molar masses and mole ratios."
"The student had done a bunch of review packets since the last time I had met with her, so I went over all of them with her so that she knew which ones she did wrong and how to do them correctly. Most of the reviews went over naming ionic and molecular compounds. We reviewed how to distinguish between a molecular and an ionic compound and then we practiced naming them. She did really well until we got to the hydrocarbons. She could not remember how to name hydrocarbons and she was unsure of how to distinguish between a molecular compound and a hydrocarbon. By the time we finished going over all of this, she could name them really well. We also went over some problems that involved balancing polyatomic ions. At the end of the session, I watched her do her online take home quiz. She really quickly got overwhelmed because she was confused by the wording of the questions, and rather than slowing down and thinking them through, she would speed up just to get through the quiz. This was an excellent insight for me because now I finally see what probably happens when she takes and quiz or test on material that she doesn't feel confident in yet. When she is comfortable with the material, she does not have the same test anxiety. Now that I understand her anxiety a little better, I will try to start integrating some test-like situations into our sessions so she can improve her test taking skills and decrease her anxiety."
"The student started working on simple harmonic motion in school. He is showing good signs of improvement with the questions we are going over. He seems to understand rotational kinematics well but I think practicing how they relate to simple harmonic motion will be useful."
"We reviewed for her final exam (tomorrow). We spent the session looking at old quiz and test problems - we hit every topic. She's doing really well with remembering which equations to use for each concept. After going over each example, she was able to answer related conceptual questions. She is prepared for the exam."
"We covered "sound problems" related to the Doppler effect, the intensities of sound waves, and fundamental wavelengths of given frequencies in an open tube. We went on to work on exercises related to algebraic and geometric series. I believe that it was a very satisfying session."
"Today we worked over the same information from last time involving pendulums. We also went through normal waves, determining their wavelength, amplitude, frequency, and velocity. The student's last quiz was a 100! She has a test tomorrow. My main concern is that she will forget some of the basic algebraic steps when solving the problems. However, by the end of our session, she was able to apply the majority of the vocabulary without any additional input."
"The student had just had a quiz on naming compounds earlier during the week that he didn't do well on; therefore, we worked on naming different types of ionic compounds, covalent compounds, binary compounds with transition metals, and polyatomic ions, and lastly, naming acids and bases. He had a little difficulty naming conventions, but if he keeps practicing a bit during the week he should be fine."
"I had sent some additional questions for the student to solve. We went over solutions for 3 of the 11 questions I'd sent. We also went over how to approach a few other problems from chapter 5, touching upon some of the key concepts. He is getting more comfortable with this chapter and wants to work on more problems."
"The student finished the first section of acid/base chemistry. He has a quiz on it tomorrow, so we used a problem set of his to review all of the material. The session was productive and I am confident that he is well prepared for his quiz."
"Today, we continued on the topic of rotational motion. Last session covered beams (statics), whereas this session covered rotational motion (dynamics). The student demonstrated knowledge of kinematic equations, which are essential for these problems."
"We worked through the last bit of her Physics homework, which covered centripetal acceleration. Some of the concepts involved were explained well to her by her teachers, specifically the conversion of circular frequency, to angular velocity, to tangential velocity. We then looked over her last essay and discussed several ways she could improve her writing. I gave sound critiques that would be applicable to both the essay at hand and prompts she might receive in the future."
"We continued to review for her final exam she will be taking tomorrow. We went over lots of reactions and mechanisms. Including addition, substitution, elimination reduction and oxidation. We talked about test prep and importance of writing info on notes neatly and on whiteboard. She will continue to study for her test today."