Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had an assignment on limiting reactants, percent yield, and excess. We talked about what was going on in class and finished the worksheet. The student has chosen to do the equations in the same way as we did for simple stoichiometry, and has caught on quickly. We will meet again before his test for extra practice."
"Today we worked on analogies and reading comprehension problems. We discussed strategies for eliminating choices when he doesn't know the word. Practiced plugging in the choices and trying to make a sentence that shows the connection. We also discussed strategies pertaining to the Reading Comprehension section. He also made an outline to get ready for the essay portion. We discussed what the essay should include, and an overall checklist for writing. We started to work on a Math section. He did very well. We reviewed long division. Overall he is improving and successfully applying the strategies."
"The initial session with the student went very smoothly. He is bright, attentive, has good notes from class, and is clearly conversant with the materials. We reviewed all the basic concepts to date, focusing more on the problematic Second Law series of ramps, pulleys, frictionless and high friction surfaces, and so on. I introduced him to the Hyperphysics website, and he agrees this is really quite helpful in its stark simplicity."
"Reviewed practice essay (outlined beforehand; excellent result) - Finished reviewing Section 4 , Test 1 - Completed and reviewed Section 5, test 1 - Reviewed approach to Reading Comprehension sections - Reviewed SAT vocabulary"
"We went through the exponential function and roots. He had a test review which he solved part of that and I checked the answers and told him the mistakes and explained to him the right way to solve them. Then we covered the rest of that which he did not go through them. Also we worked on his previous handout for chemistry which was about mole and molecular mass. I explained to him how he can calculate them as well as percent of composition. He is doing well."
"Covered alternative numbering systems (binary, octal, hexadecimal, etc...). Converting between number systems. Uses for each system - esp binary and hexadecimal. Talked about the nomenclature of the different numbering systems (What does "hexa-" mean? How do you count past 9 in a base-16 system?). Discussed Moore's Law and quantum computing. Talked about the advances quantum computing would bring about, and the problems that it would cause (re: encryption). Discussed the fundamental differences between bits and qubits, and why building a qubit is so hard."