Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with some problems in general equilibrium chemistry, rounding out our discussion of those topics. We discussed a few problems, including one on Le Chatelier's. We also had the 3-minute talk on phases of matter and variation in concentration in gasses and solution. We then began talking about Ionic Salt Dissociation, and the K-sp. We discussed its relationship with Temperature as a named K-eq. We paralleled the relationship of IP and K-sp to Q and K-eq. I emphasized that saturation is equilibrium. We also discussed the lack of presence of the solid in the K-sp. We defined molar solubility and the Common Ion Effect. We covered a 3-step approach to quantitative solubility problems, and worked two hard problems connecting molar solubility to K-sp. The student understandably had a little bit of difficulty integrating the high-concept areas of equilibrium chemistry. I guided him in correcting his statements to more accurately frame his thinking and avoid the common traps about equilibrium chemistry. We also worked to spring the common traps of solution equilibria with dealing with saturation. I told the student to preread for Phase Equilibria, and if we had the time, I would introduce acid/base basics to him in our next session."
"The student was not able to take the practice test before our meeting, but he made a list of concepts that he wanted to review. We reviewed standard deviation, probability, multiplication principle, permutations, combinations, rates, slope of a line and slope of perpendicular/parallel lines. He feels comfortable with verbal and writing and is feeling much better about the math. I encouraged him to practice some more rate word problems before Thursday, review the analytical writing prompts and instructions on the website and practice some *timed* math sections using the website as well. Good luck on Thursday! I'm sure all your hard work will pay off!"
"The student and I spent our session working on reading comprehension via critical reasoning passages and text completion with 1, 2, and 3 blanks (we built up). It was a hard working session for her since it involved so many questions, but it gave us the opportunity to begin practicing a few of the strategies and techniques we talked about last session. She has gotten better at critical reasoning passages, in summing them up, knowing where to look for clues, and she's gotten better at finding the answer in front of her. Words are her weakness, and an extensive vocabulary is a must on the GRE. She has been working on word sets, but since it isn't going as well as hoped, she's going to be using a flashcard app all this week. This way she can look at words on the go, no matter where she is. I'd like our next verbal/reading section to focus on long passages, and single-blank, multiple-answer questions. Vocabulary, however, will be highlighted in every verbal/reading session."