Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our first session I got to know the student and his needs as a student. We began to cover oxidation numbers of compounds, oxidation-reduction reaction, and writing half reactions. In addition, we began to cover voltaic cells and their oxidation/ reduction reactions. We will meet on this upcoming Sunday. For this session we will continue with voltaic cells and practice problems."
"In this session, we focused mainly on the relationship between magnetic fields, current, and force. I taught the student the right hand rule, and gave him several problems to go over. He was getting confused on what the different fingers meant, so I had him write it down next to the problems to remember. He is enthusiastic about seeing the bigger picture. I told him to read from the textbook and take notes on the sections."
"After briefly going over adding, subtracting, and classifying polynomials--and how to set up word problems using them--we moved to biology. The student had a quiz coming up on the properties of water and the primary macro-molecules found in cells. We spent perhaps half the session discussing capillary action, and the physical and biological implications of water's unique properties. I then quizzed him on vocabulary having to do with carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and DNA and RNA--frequently clarifying concepts. He has a good start on memorizing the whole transcription process! I look forward to touching base with his teacher so that I can know how deep a chemical basis of these phenomena he needs to learn to be prepared for the test."
"Today the student and I went over her new material on electrons, atoms, and the chemistry side of physics. We first went over electron configuration diagrams and orbital structure. At the end, we looked at some equations about electron energy and how to relate frequency, wavelength, and principal quantum number."
"The student and I began the session by doing a worksheet assignment based on the law of sines and the law of cosines. The worksheet asked us to go through a number of steps to develop each law from a generic triangle using Pythagorean Theorem and right-triangle trigonometry. Once we had gone through the worksheet, I spent some time outlining the applications of each law and the things to look for to identify which one to use. We then turned to going over some older homework problems the student had been having trouble with. The homework problems all focused on right-triangle trig and setting up such triangles from information given in word problems."
"We went through FRQs on electrochemistry and acid-base equilibria. I forced the student to slow down and explain problems to me stepwise, which helped keep her on track and clarified the connections for her. She has plenty of problems to work through, and we will continue with the FRQs next time. She has a good attitude and a decent grasp of the material. I have no doubt that with a little more practice she'll be in a good position to do well on the AP exam."