Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We specifically covered the ideal gas law and the derivations of the ideal gas law that included Charles' Law and Boyle's Law as well as the combined gas law. After going through a detailed explanation of these laws and how they relate to chemical change, we then went over practice problems in the AP Chemistry review book. For one question in particular, there was a definite gap in understanding of monoatomic and diatomic gases and understanding why oxygen gas was O2 and not just O. This required a detailed review of bonding and drawing Lewis structures to justify this fact. From this it became apparent that the needed more review on the earlier concepts in chemistry relating to chemical bonding and more notably, atomic theory. I instructed her to write down any concepts that she did not understand while in class and we could go over them in more detail in tutoring to fill in the gaps in understanding."
"The student and I met for more discussion of the cell membrane. She has a good idea of the fluid-mosaic model, but we went into a little more depth with that topic. We reviewed freeze fracture technique and also discussed the cytoskeleton. She has an upcoming laboratory, and we previewed what some of those osmosis/diffusion results might look like. The student has a great understanding of the subject material. As a bonus, we reviewed the use of salt poor albumin in human medical practice."
"We reviewed current topics in chemistry class which were gas law related. We also reviewed strategy for changing approach to subject matter."
"Today the student and I went over neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, we talked about Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. We talked about the underlying biology of the diseases, and appropriate assessments and interventions for each. We will be finishing up the unit on neurodegenerative diseases on Tuesday."
"Today the student and I went over one of her homework questions and a few AP problems, and then we talked about how gravitation behaves in circular motion and looked at a simulation she has to do for homework. Her math skills are strong, and she is getting better and better at analyzing different situations."
"Today the student and I went over some collision problems, both elastic and inelastic, rotational kinematics, and torque problems. He is doing well with the material, as we are moving towards the final on Friday. We are scheduled for another session on Thursday afternoon, as a final review for the final exam."