Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's science fair is this Sunday, so she is getting ready to present. We made a mock-up of her poster, which she will do with her mother. She had initially forgotten some details of what we talked about Tuesday, but she quickly remembered them and is getting much better at explaining her experiment and using terms like hypothesis, experimental, control, and variable. She and her mother decided to add a second experiment to her project, so we worked on having hypotheses, materials, procedures, and conclusions for both experiments. We also did a practice run-through of a presentation to a parent, teacher, or science fair judge. For next time, she needs to run the spinach leaf experiment and draw the pictures for the display."
"We reviewed properties of solutions and factors affecting solubility and miscibility for a quiz the student will take this week. We also covered dissociation of Arrhenius acids and bases in aqueous solution. We reviewed La Chatelier's Principle and calculating specific heat and latent heat of fusion/vaporization (phase change)."
"I thought it went really well. We went over equilibrium and how to calculate the Kc of an equation. From there we discussed how to find the equilibrium concentrations from Kc and the initial concentrations. After that, we discussed acids and bases, and how to calculate PH. We then combined the concepts to talk about how to find the PH of a weak acid in equilibrium. Overall, it went really well and I think we can accomplish a lot in the next several weeks!"
"At the beginning of the session, the student shared that she felt her performance on the test was excellent and she expects to receive a high grade. We spent the rest of the session using the study guide provided by her teacher to create her own study notes, only writing one bullet point for a summary of each of the topics listed on the guide. During our next session, we will continue adding to the study notes."
"At this session, the student and I went over how to name compounds, balancing equations, and how to predict reaction products. We did a mix of going over the notes, as well as doing some practice problems."
"Before this session, the student was panicked about her midterm. Her instructor allowed her class to take a look at their exam, enter in and out of the exam at will, use notes, and take as long as they want for the test. So she looked at it before I came over and (correctly) noticed that there were no questions like what we did on the homework. Once I had her actually calm down and look at the questions, she realized that they were actually much easier than what we had been doing on the homework. I showed her problems that were similar to what she was being asked to do on the test, and she was able to complete them with no trouble. She was able to then take her midterm in a much more calm and focused manner, and it appears that she did quite well on the test."