Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through circuits, V=IR, power equations, capacitors, time constants, and a few flux problems. She is prepped for her test tomorrow as long as she memorizes her equations."
"Today we began by reviewing the solubility rules and writing net ionic equations, since this is what we left off with last week. The student seemed comfortable writing net ionic equations. I told her to check with her teacher to see if she needs to memorize the solubility rules. Then we went to the AP Chemistry Practice Problem website and completed the Review Questions for Chapters 7&8. These chapters reviewed periodic trends, bonding, drawing Lewis Structures, and orbital theory. I also gave the student notes and a quick lesson on Quantum Numbers and VESPR theory (predicting shapes). We also did a quick review of waves (the relationship of wavelength, frequency, and energy and the formulas). The new vocabulary that we covered was degenerate (in the same energy level) and isoelectric (having the same number of electrons). We had a few minutes left after the website review, so we began looking at the end of the packet questions. I explained to her that these are questions that have been released from previous AP tests, so they will cover information that she will learn this school year in addition to the information we covered this summer. We got through parts a&b of the 1982 question. This question reviewed how to determine empirical formulas. The student seemed to understand how to approach this problem and was able to calculate the answer with minimal guidance. I asked her to try to finish this problem on her own. I mentioned to her the idea of trying to work through the rest of these problems independently and make note of where she gets stuck so that we can work on those challenging areas next week. We set up two more tutoring sessions for next week."
"The student scored a 77, with a class average of 50, on her latest exam. She is happy about that. Today, Chap 33, 34, and 35, beginning with image reflection with mirrors "“Â plate, convex, and concave, real and virtual images, focal point, image scale, and inversion, and distance. And light refraction, diffraction, and reflection with thin lenses, covering convex (converging) and concave (diverging) lenses, and slit experiments with interference, constructive and destructive, patterns on a screen. Worked check points and problems examples in the text."
"This was the second session (on back-to-back days) for the student and I. We spent most of it reviewing kinematics in two dimensions (including projectile problems and motion under the influence of the gravitational force), but we also worked on force and Newton's law problems and their applications. We specifically worked through setting up contextual diagrams, free-body diagrams, coordinate systems (axes), the various forces (normal, friction, weight, any other external forces), how to resolve or decompose those forces into their x and y components (if needed), and how to apply Newton's Second Law (F = ma) to analyze their constant accelerations and resulting motion."
"This week, the student had questions on acid-base chemistry; including ICE tables, and oxidation states. We wrapped up his current questions on ICE tables, and worked ahead towards oxidation states. He has a good grasp on both, but oxidation states are still new, and he could use more practice. I'm sure this is coming up in class this week. The student has an exam, and should be well prepared. "
"This, I think was a productive section. I think the student is becoming more familiar with the equations. "