Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I met for the first time to work on AP Physics 1 and Pre-calculus. He has an exam tomorrow on 1D motion, so we spent the first part of our time going over the 3 major kinematic equations and working sample problems where they would be used. He has taken some of this material before, but just transferred to a new school, so getting synchronized with his class is part of the difficulty. His math comprehension seems to be strong and he picks up concepts quickly. We also covered some precalculus material, particularly sketching polynomials, which includes some factoring."
"The session went well. We covered some conceptual ideas relating to the use of the kinematic equations as well as some information about a lab."
"We first went over the student's homework worksheet, which included naming polyatomic ions, combining and balancing to form ionic compounds, and other nomenclature related questions. While he has memorized a good portion of the list of ions, he still needs to study the last two sets that his teacher has assigned. I told him to know them well enough that he is able to recite them without a pause. He completed all of his assigned problems, but he can still work on practice problems from his packet. He was engaged and receptive to learning during the session."
"We mostly covered recombination (crossover events) for genes on the same chromosome, and worked problems to determine the gene sequence based on the frequency of the genotypes from crosses where crossover events occurred. It was a good session and we were able to work through all of the problems that the student had from her worksheets."
"We covered electron configuration and the start of molecular orbital theory. The student seemed fairly comfortable with the topics. He had a few questions on diatomic elements and special circumstances with molecular orbitals. I was able to answers those questions, and I feel he will do well on his quiz and test this week."
"We worked on two parabolic motion problems and another vector problem. I showed the student how to set up and solve a 2-D motion problem, and we reviewed vectors from the last session with a new problem he needed to work out. The review went well. He seemed confident that he would be able to do one question when I told him it was very similar to the first one."