Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I went through an enthalpy lab he had just completed. This lab focused on using neutralization of an acid and a base and measuring the energy released from this reaction using a foam cup calorimeter. Most of the questions for the lab went along without a hitch, but he had not been taught Hess' law yet in his class, so I only gave him a brief rundown of the principle and said that we would go over it again next session after his teacher had taught it. To finish off, we went through book problems involving q=mc(deltaT) and endo/exothermic reactions."
"The student and I reviewed topics and practice problems in preparation for her test tomorrow over intermolecular forces and types of solid and liquid networks. She has a good understanding of the properties of solids and liquids, but she gets confused when talking about intermolecular forces because I think she still has difficulty understanding polarity and using 3D shapes of molecules to determine polarity. I explained this concept further, and I think she understands it better, but I will send her links with practice problems as well, as I feel she learns best through examples. We will continue our regular meeting times on Sundays."
"We started reviewing the student's first-semester work, beginning with 1- and 2-D kinematics and projectile motion. Except for remembering that projectiles launched from the ground and landing back at the ground do not begin and end at rest, for the purposes of kinematics (we are only concerned about their time in flight), the student has this material down cold."
"The student and I worked on Chemistry, specifically molarity and molality equations, to prepare for her final exam coming up. She actually did very well! I think she was just having small algebraic issues with her computations, but she understands the concepts and should be good to go next week!"
"The student and I covered calorimetry. We started off basic, in which we were just using the equations, then moved on to more complex problems where we had to manipulate equations to solve for variables. She was fluent in using the equation to her liking, which is a good thing. I think her grasp on this subject great. I would recommend practice with the questions we went over so that the rhythm of the subject if fully cemented."
"We mostly did an overview of the course, discussed difficulties that the student faces, and strategized our future direction. She did solve some problems from the pre-lab."