Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finally received grade from last exam (December), he got a B on it. He mentioned a quiz later this week on the topics of liquids and gases, their inherent properties, and phase changes between the two states. Discussed larger concepts that the textbook alludes to such as the implications of evaporation on the water cycle on Earth as well as evaporation as a useful strategy to allow humans to tolerate hot weather. He seems very strong in these areas and has a firm grasp of the vocabulary that initially posed a challenge to mastering these topics."
"The student and I worked through the concepts of stoichiometry and mole ratios. We spent an hour talking about how different species react with other based on the mole ratio and then converted that number to grams to find specific mass of reactants and products."
"We continued finals review today. We spent some time discussing reasonable goals for this semester and the final as well as the next semester. We then worked through any topics in bonding, atomic structure, naming and conversions that he had questions on."
"Today we finished our review of test material for the student's test on Monday, going over topics at her request. We went over naming of amine compounds. The problems were more difficult than what she will be tested on (they will give her the names, while I made her give me the names). It seems as though she is adequately prepared now, given that she spends some more time memorizing the basic names of alkanes (methane, ethane, propane, etc.). This lasted the majority of our session, after which we went over boiling point determination problems (size effects, polarity effects) as well as intermolecular interactions as they relate to solvation (H-bonding, dipole-dipole interactions, van der Waals, etc.). Lastly, we hit a few miscellaneous subjects with her true-false questions. With more memorization of functional groups and carbon chains, she should do well on her exam."
"Student completed review over acids bases, oxidation reduction, and redox reactions to review for final. I suggested equations that should be memorized. I had no concerns."
"We reviewed the digestive system, and I helped the student to memorize key facts in the PowerPoint by quizzing him until he responded with correct answers. I offered different ways to help him remember the layers of the alimentary canal, the difference between the pharynx and esophagus, and compartments in the mouth. He is looking forward to completing anatomy with an A, and mentioned he is willing to put in more effort to retake the previous respiratory exam in order to achieve an A."