Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday the student and I covered hybridization, Lewis Structures, and molecular geometry. Since her recent success she seems to be much more focused on chemistry, and is eager to comprehend new concepts."
"Reviewed how to calculate molarity, manipulate the molarity equation to solve for unknowns, and dilution problems."
"The student had a test on Monday that covered the bonding material we focused on in our first session, and we will focus on reviewing that test at our session next week. We moved on to the topic the student covered in class this week: phases and phase changes. We spent a good amount of time talking about how to interpret phase diagrams and heating curves and relating these graphs to the equations her instructor had been presenting in class. After our review, we spent the second half of the session reviewing two worksheets on these topics that her instructor had provided. She seemed to be very comfortable with analyzing both of these graphs on her own, but was still struggling a little bit with how to complete calculations using required equations. It seems that her knowledge of stoichiometry and dimensional analysis (which would've been covered very early in the academic year) is weak, so this is something that I will continue incorporating into each of our sessions as we progress."
"We went over factoring polynomials by using completing the square, dividing by binomials, and difference of squares and worked on practice problems in section 4.4 of the textbook. We also reviewed stoichiometry using the student's previous homework assignment and test questions. We will review gas laws for the next session in preparation of his test."
"We went over finding the horizontal and vertical distances that objects travel and finding the amount of time they spent in the air. The student caught on very quickly, and I believe will do well when covering this material in the future."
"We went over five problems involving the three-step method for force analysis (static, everything in equilibrium), including torque. There were three ladder problems, a ledge, and a spine. The student did very well again. For the first one or two, he used a wrong component and made some algebra mistakes, but everything was going smoothly by the time we finished. The last problem did not specify the length of the spine, but it canceled out during the algebra. The lesson to learn from that is to have some faith in the experience gained from practicing problems. We have been using the three-step method for a few weeks now, so the student should have some confidence tackling a problem with it, even when he doesn't anticipate how he will handle an extra unknown quantity."