Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our session today, the student and I covered the rest of chapter 17 (electrochemistry) in preparation for his test on Tuesday. We talked about the effect changing the concentrations can have on the cell potential. He practiced predicting the effect (higher or lower cell potential) and then using the Nernst equation to actually find the new cell potential. Then we talked about how a concentration difference can actually be used to make a current in a concentration cell. Next, we talked about batteries and the common batteries currently used, including fuel cells. We discussed corrosion of metals and the oxidation of common metals. This involves the movement of electrons within a metal is much the same concept as batteries. Lastly, we talked about electrolysis. This is the process by which galvanic cells are recharged, running the reaction in reverse. It requires the input of energy. We reviewed all of the concepts from chapter 17 again, briefly. To ensure that he had mastered the chapter, we did some practice AP problems from his class. He made a few mistakes, but he seemed to understand the concepts themselves well."
"We reviewed the concepts in electric fields and forces and then we went on to a practice problem to review and understand circuits."
"We reviewed the problems he missed on his recent exam as well as some practice problems for current material. The student received a very good score on his last exam. We reviewed resonance contributions to reactivity, stability, and aromaticity. We also reviewed ylides, alpha hydrogen, enol, and enamine/imine reactions. He is going to continue with his practice problems as they are assigned before we meet again."
"During our second session, the student and I covered the remainder of his review sheet. Topics included plant biology, some genetics, and other material. He has done well by preparing beforehand. We used my personal review and explanations to reinforce the concepts that were unclear. Additionally, we use online resources and pictures to further explain different concepts in detail. He is a keen learner and picks up concepts very quickly. Also, this shows that his review is very successful. Overall, I think he will be successful in his final. I look forward to working with them in the next semester!"
"During our session today, the student and I practiced using MATLAB software again. In this session, we actually wrote a script which made use of a function that we had also written which calculates the height of a projectile with a given angle and velocity. Then we wrote a function to check if a inputted matrix was a "Magic Square.""
"During our session today, the student and I reviewed the concepts of conservation of energy. He will have a test the day he goes back to school after the break. He is showing a good deal of adaptability when it comes to solving problems with energy equations."