Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed for his make up final and went over a weekly quiz that ended up being a good review for his final. It seemed the student retained all the information we went over before break, which is good! I think he really knows the subject matter that was covered in the first semester. I'm sure he did fine on the makeup final."
"First, we worked on a homework assignment on balancing displacement reactions. Then we made a list of things to cover and a schedule for the upcoming final. We began working through some of her old tests (on units of measurement, and naming compounds) and seeing what went wrong/what needed to be reviewed before the final, and she will be doing some problems on her own for us to go over together next week."
"This week we focused on completing the remaining tasks in the Periodic Table unit. The student took extensive notes over the break on his lectures and I have really seen an improvement in his retention of the material since he started writing down important concepts from his online readings. Because of this we have not had to spend as much time reviewing material and instead have been able to talk about additional tangential concepts he finds interesting which has made him more excited to learn about a course he originally thought would be impossible. We completed the Ion Quiz (80%) and missed a question about ionization energy, which we reviewed after. We brainstormed for his project entitled "Ions for Your Health" at the end of our session Monday. He sent me a completed project on Wednesday for submission. On Wednesday we completed the Periodic Trends quiz (90%) missing another question about ionization energy. He plans to take the unit exam Friday and complete the last assignment (a journal) during our session. I constructed a 3 page study guide composed of the objectives from each subtopic in this unit and important definitions to fill out before Friday (emailed 1/7). We will begin Friday by reviewing this guide, take the exam and move on to the final unit, "Elements Forming Compounds." We are on schedule to take the semester final exam the first week of February."
"The student was very enthusiastic to go through his review packet for an exam. He worked hard to grasp the concepts he was weak on and we worked through each problem. He was able to improve his understanding of isotopes, percent abundance, and about chemical/physical/nuclear changes."
"The student worked on his online math assignment, which consisted of 7 questions and involved solving for 3-variable systems of equations. We were able to work through the methods and steps of a few of the problems, but the entire assignment wasn't completed during the session. I, therefore, worked through the last few questions on my own time and sent him the steps of how to solve each remaining problem (I did not include answers but worked through each step; he had to solve the problem himself and learn how to do it rather than just submit my answers). His assignment is due on Sunday and we will review the concepts during our tutoring session on Tuesday."
"The student's homework was a little different for me because it was mostly vague conceptual questions about science as a whole rather than actual chemistry. Hopefully, his future quizzes are more chemistry based; that way, I can actually teach him something of notable value for his class. "