Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's' lesson, the student has progressed to balancing equations in class. She has a quiz on balancing equations this Thursday and then for the week after that, she has a unit test on everything from Unit 3. She has reviewed and done really well on her own these few weeks and is more than capable of holding her own. I gave her a few tips for balancing equations, such as setting the most complex compound as "1"ù (and if that doesn't work, then 2, 3...) because they give the most clues. Next, we went into predicting chemical equations. To help her with it, we reviewed the 5 basic types of chemical equations: synthesis, decomposition, single displacement, double displacement, and finally combustion. Finally, for the test next week, we went over the first three sections - namely intramolecular and intermolecular forces as well as a review of the octet rule, electronegativity, ionization energy, and what a chemical bond is. In our next lesson, we will finish our review for the test on Thursday."
"Today we spent our session reviewing for the student's exam. The majority of the session was spent covering the colligative properties of solutions, as well as trends in boiling point and freezing point based on structure and intermolecular forces. We also reviewed several practice questions on the above topics."
"We finished up our review of DNA replication, transcription/translation, and all associated elements. The student had a much stronger understanding of introns/exons, transposons, and the details of each of the gene expression processes, and is prepared for her exam tomorrow."
"Today we started to work a practice packet and practice IB chemistry exam that the student had gotten in class. The practice exam included several different subjects that he had covered throughout the year, so we went through each and every problem to together. The practice packet covered organic chemistry and identifying different types of reactions that include condensation reactions, esterification, and alcohol oxidation and their products."
"We covered acid/ base theory including definitions of Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis acids and bases. We covered how the acid base pH scale, as well as the procedure to convert concentration of H+ into pH, OH into pOH, pH into pOH (and vice versa), and to convert pH and pOH into H+ and OH-, respectively. We then reviewed some solubility problems and the acid/ base concepts by completing a worksheet that the student had which is due tomorrow. We did some review of solubility concepts as they are pertinent to acid/ base problems, and there were a few questions on his worksheet about solubility."
"We continued to review concepts for the student's upcoming AP exam. She noted that she was still not very comfortable with rotational motion and torque, so we spent a fair amount of time working on those types of problems. The remainder of the time was spent reviewing projectile motion and wave concepts, and gravitational forces. I think she has a pretty good understanding of most of the fundamental concepts in physics. She definitely should focus on studying rotational motion and torque a little bit more in preparation for the exam. In the final part of the session, we discussed test-taking strategies and ways to avoid common mistakes."