Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student and I reviewed her most recent exam as well as the first exam. The most recent exam covered elimination and substitution reactions and various reactions with alkenes and alkyne. She struggled the most with reactions and understanding which products a reactant with the catalysts would be. With some more work reviewing the mechanisms and rules for each reaction, she should be better capable of completing such problems on the final. The first exam covered naming of alkanes and functional groups, determining strong/ weak acids/ bases, and being able to draw Lewis structures. On this test, she struggled most with determining if a molecule would be a strong or weak acid/ base. After explaining the fundamentals and concepts behind determining strong or weak and practicing a few from the test, I believe she better understood. She needs to spend quite a bit of time reviewing her old exams and studying new material before taking the final."
"We covered redox reactions and gas laws. He mainly struggled with the concept of oxidation states, but it was clarified with examples."
"The student and I worked on calorimetry and phase change problems. After the session, I emailed her some practice problems."
"We went over several problems involving force diagrams (and also touched on a projectile problem) to prepare for the student's upcoming test. There were a few key points he was missing that prevented him from understanding his problems. So, I explained to him the proper way to conceptualize and systematically use force diagrams to analyze any force problem he will encounter in this class. To sum it up: 1. Draw force diagram. 2. Sum forces. 3. Algebra. We also discussed many common mistakes to avoid, reading problems to identify key words and phrases, implications of Newton's laws, etc. The problems were making a lot more sense to him with the additional context. All he has to do now is study to make sure he retains what he learned."
"We went over the concepts of radioactivity and half life. The students had a firm grasp of the subject material, and she needed some help filling in gaps in her knowledge. The student and I mostly worked on practice problems that were assigned to her, and she was very confident and made very few errors. In terms of study questions, I tried to provide the student with different question that were not in her book, but could possibly be on the exam. She was very positive in the session and asked very good questions. Overall, the session went very well."
"We went over the concepts of vector notation, how to work with vectors, the way in which vector math can be used to represent movement, time derivatives, and how they relate to motion. The student was focused and engaged. We went over strategies, like different methods of understanding vectors and equation techniques that will help keep problems brief. The student understood the material being presented, and they improved over the course of the session with ability to comprehend and work with vectors."