Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked more with significant figures and how to handle them when math functions are applied. Also included scientific notation practice."
"Today I checked over Parts VII, VIII, and IX of the student's summer assignment and helped her with any questions that she had. She had attempted to balance equations using the redox half-reaction method, but had confused the order of the steps to follow. We reworked problems 3,4,5,7, & 8 and she seemed more comfortable with this method after the extra guided practice. Next, I checked over her Gas Law problems in Part VIII. I explained to her that there are different gas law constants that you can use depending on the units of the other variables used in the formula. We practiced using the Ideal Gas Law and appropriate constant in the problems at the end of this unit, which she had struggled with. Some of these problems required using stoichiometry combined with the material she had learned about gases. Finally, I checked over Part IX: Intro to Organic Chem. She had answered most of these questions correctly. However, I did show her what a carboxylic acid looks like and how to draw its structure. We also talked about how to identify alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and alcohols according to their structure or name. Finally, I gave her a quick lesson on naming branched alkanes, which she may encounter later in the school year."
"We worked on how to set up physics problems, unit conversions, SI units, unit prefixes. We also worked on Cartesian to Polar coordinate system equations."
"This was the student and my first physics session, and, from my part, I thought it went well. He has been trying to decide whether to keep his physics course this semester in light of his heavy course load. We worked through example problems dealing with friction (static, kinetic, rolling motion), air resistance, work and force equations and diagrams as a general and underlying skill. We worked on setting up free-body diagrams, writing Newton's Second Law equations in each independent direction and more. "
"This week, the student was preparing for an upcoming test. We worked through some problems on review sheet. He is great at doing stoichiometric problems, and finding limiting reactants. He still needs work on finding molecular formulas from mole ratios, and, more generally, interpreting word problems. He is getting better at these skills, and they will come with practice. I expect good results on the test. We also worked through a lab report that was an experiment on finding concentration based on absorbance. He, again, was good about doing the work once he understood what he was expected to do. Again, this was the first lab report - as more come, he will get better at this."
"Though he and I worked on Biology today (because he has an AP Bio test coming up this week), he told me that he is getting better with pre-calculus as the topic focus narrows (got an 86% on his last test). During our session, we reviewed the organelles, endosymbiotic theory, and solute transport. He is quick to understand concepts and can explain things to me conceptually, but has a hard time recalling some of the more challenging biology vocabulary words. Even so, I'm not worried about his AP Biology knowledge."