Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the results of the student's practice test, focusing on the physical sciences. We discussed: buoyancy; total internal reflection (using fiber-optic cables as an example); the thermodynamics of gasses (work, heat, and adiabatic processes). We discussed stoichiometry problems generally. We also discussed transition metal complexes, how they are similar to solvation shells, and how they lead to excitation energies that are sub-shell transitions visible to the human eye. We reviewed K-sp and the concept of internal resistance. The student required a methodological lesson in how to deal with stoichiometry efficiently and effectively using dimensional analysis to keep her problem-solving straight. She is to do extra practice with carbonyl chemistry."
"The student and I began by reviewing the physics content we covered last session by doing two passages. We completed the first passage together and she did a good job, however she continues to doubt her own knowledge and abilities. I think one way to fix this is to keep doing more practice problems in order for her to feel more and more comfortable with the material, as there are only so many ways the test can evaluate one's understanding of forces and Newtonian mechanics. She then completed a passage alone. She did a great job doing it in the prescribed time and also used good testing techniques in skipping math heavy problems. I encouraged her to always draw a picture and write down the information she knows. We then moved on to new material: work, energy, and momentum as well as periodic trends. We spent a good deal of time working on a ramp problem, but she did a great job grasping the conceptual ideas of how to solve these sorts of problems and relationships between work, force, and displacement. I will be sending her practice problems to do and we are meeting next Wednesday."
"We did more work on grouping games. The student is making nice progress on making inferences and incorporating lessons on diagramming."