Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was working on a lab dealing with the speed of sound. She seemed to be able to pick that up pretty well. We also worked on some basic static electricity, whose concepts she initially picked up quite readily. Again, though, practice and patience will be good for getting the most out of this study."
"The student did well on her last test a few weeks ago (she got an A, which was much improved from her first test with which she struggled). This is our first time meeting in a few weeks because of spring break, but she has a test this week. We covered molecular orbital theory by concentrating on drawing molecular orbital diagrams. To the sides of the diagrams, we drew the atomic orbitals (with electron configuration) for each participating atom , and we drew the molecular bonding and antibonding orbitals in the center. We talked about the diatomic molecules (H2 for instance) and heteroatomic molecules (CO). We talked about the change in energy levels of the atomic molecules towards the most electronegative element in the heteroatomic molecules. We also briefly discussed limiting reagents and did a problem. Lastly, we talked about partial pressure of a gas over water in the context of a homework problem."
"Today we covered galvanic cells and electrochemistry. Once I taught her the basics again, she understood the concepts that she had learned earlier in class. She has her own practice problems from class to work on. Overall, this was a great session."
"Today's session was an explanation of different topics of Thermodynamics. I explained to the student what is the meaning of a constant in an equation like, Boyle's law, Charle's law and Gay-Lussac's law . I explained to him how to use these laws depending on the data we have of the process taking place with the gases. We also reviewed the 1st law of Thermodynamics. I explained to him that this law deals with the change of internal energy related to the energy given to the system and the work made on it. He seemed to be confused at the beginning. But after I asked him to explain to me some questions about this topic, he started to make connections and now his understanding of the topic is much better than before the session."
"Tonight the student and I began our discussion of the abdominal region of the human body. Our discussion included the following topics related to the abdomen: superficial muscles (external and internal abdominal oblique muscles, transversus abdominis muscle and rectus abdominus muscle), superficial arteries and veins (superior & inferior epigastric arteries and veins), all important abdominal organs and associated functions (stomach, small intestines, large intestines, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, and adrenal glands), and muscles of the posterior abdominal wall (psoas major & minor, iliacus and quadratus lumborum). Working with the student is always a pleasure, and I am looking forward to working with him again next week!"
"Tonight the student and I covered solution chemistry through AP exam experimental free response questions. She worked really hard to solve some very complex questions that were on previous AP tests - I think this is a huge win! She has a quiz tomorrow that we also helped prepare for."