Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a test on Tuesday, and we reviewed the test some so he can understand his mistakes and also attempt to receive some credit for corrected problems."
"The student did not do as well as expected on her most recent test, but fortunately she will be able to retake it. We focused on reviewing the test itself, covering both concepts as well as test taking strategies. In particular, we focused on understanding the differences between ionic and covalent bonds, nonpolar covalent and polar covalent bonds, and net charges and partial charges. We talked about how differences in electronegativity values determine the type of bond formed. One useful mnemonic device is that a polar bond is one where the electrons are unevenly shared; in other words, one of the atoms "pulls" more strongly on the shared electrons. We also addressed test taking strategies. In a timed test, it is useful to determine: 1) What the question is asking; 2) What tools are needed to most directly solve the problem; and 3) Which answer choices can be easily eliminated. In assessing how to most efficiently approach the question, test taking under pressure becomes more manageable. I encouraged her to memorize the common ions, which were provided as a list from her teacher. Knowing them by heart will expedite her approach to answering test questions. I also lent her a molecular model kit in order to build three dimensional representations of different molecular geometries including tetrahedral. This will help in visualizing molecules that are difficult to draw on paper. We will continue reviewing her test on Sunday. She had prepared a beautifully organized study guide, and this will aid in her test review as well. She is working diligently, and I believe that focusing on test taking strategies and conceptual gaps will greatly aid with her retake test."
"The student completed review questions for Lessons 3, 4, and 5 to prepare for the midterm exam. I provided the student with different study technique suggestions. The student will request the midterm on Monday."
"We spent the session working with vector addition, dot products, and cross products. Even though this was for the student's BME class, we were able to work through the homework (and hopefully) get her caught up with the material!"
"We talked about resonance structures and how to determine which substance is an acid or base. This is a very difficult concept and the student is concerned about it. We went through both the practice problems from the student's professor and some problems from the online learning platform. The student made some breakthroughs on understanding resonance structures."
"We talked about the nuclear equations. We went over alpha decay, beta decay, gamma decay, and electron capture. The student displayed strength with nuclear equations and developed a working understanding of the role decay plays. As test preparation, I think we need to analyze the ratio between neutrons and protons and use that figure out what type of decay the ratio suggests."