Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student and I did more work on the acid/base problems we encountered in Chemistry. We also discussed his current History assignment and the general upkeep of his notes and notebook."
"We spent about half of our session discussing the student's chemistry assignment on acids and bases. We spent some time reviewing some of the key concepts, and working through some of the tougher, more math-heavy problems. Towards the last 45 minutes of the session, we went on to review missed geometry problems on previous tests and quizzes in preparation for his exam the following day. After working through his missed problems together, we came to conclude that for most cases, the incorrect answer was not due to not knowing how to solve it, but an incomplete or misreading of the question. I cautioned him to be extra cognizant of what the questions ask and to be sure to fully answer only what is asked. Geometric proofs also seem to give him some trouble on his tests, so I encouraged him to review the definitions of the various theorems that he already knows how to apply in order to state the correct ones in his answers."
"Today we started looking at the student's 3rd lesson on hypothesis testing. This lesson focuses on two samples, specifically looking at paired and independent data. We discussed 2 homework problems that had paired data, where the paired t-test was utilized. I explained to her how we use the difference between groups to essentially create a single sample population that we then use in a t test as we've done in the past. We walked through calculating d bar (mean of the differences) and the standard deviation of the differences. She then calculated the t test statistic and found the associated p value. She is doing very well with interpretations (i.e. rejecting or failing to reject the null hypothesis and what that implies for the problem). We started looking at 2 samples for independent groups. She is also doing very well with stating the null and alternative hypotheses. We talked through and she calculated the pooled variance and standard deviation for 1 homework problem. In our next session we will continue with the hypothesis testing for 2 samples that are independent."
"We went over drawing Lewis dot diagrams, hybridization, and briefly went over future material involving ionic and hydrogen bonding. The student understands most of the concepts, she just needed additional practice and explanations for smaller details. She was very optimistic about the material. After our session, she has mastered drawing the diagrams."
"We went over equilibrium and pressure. The student is doing well. He had a wonderful attitude toward the material. Some strategies were taught, and the homework score was 38/44 with two questions wrong."
"We went over escape velocity for Pluto and the radius of black holes. We also discussed his project where he was to change a law of physics and he chose to change the gravitational force to 1/r from 1/r^2. We talked about the implications, and by the end, he seemed to have a good understanding of everything."