Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's teacher assigned an extra credit activity - the making of a roller coaster for a marble with several compulsory elements. We spent the hour talking about the physics of these elements, planning and production considerations. It was essentially a small or personal scale engineering conversation, about what happens when theory meets practice."
"We first went over the topic book for November on balancing, predicting, and categorizing chemical equations. It was relatively easy for the student to balance equations and he seems to have a knack for them. Predicting equations, we went over a bit when we reviewed the 4 different types of equations: synthesis, decomposition, single and double displacement. To predict if single displacement reactions occur, I taught him to use activity series. Writing out the formulas from the ions and charges seemed to come to him naturally. We also went over a project he had for school, which mostly involved Chapter 6: different types of elements and periodic trends."
"For our session today, I continued lecturing and answering questions on upcoming topics in the students' chemistry class. We began by reviewing the different types of intermolecular forces that were discussed last session. To test comprehension, I posted a few multiple choice questions from the online learning tools to help solidify the connection between IMF and certain physical properties like boiling point and viscosity. I illustrated several of these examples by drawing chemical structures to identify different IMFs present. We also briefly overviewed properties of liquids and solids, as well as defining different kinds of solids and their structures. We began to get into phase changes. I tasked both students to find problems/topics from earlier in the semester to bring up at our next session to begin review for their final exam."