Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the second meeting and we went over chapter 1 so that she can have that knowledge before her first class starts. In this chapter, we covered structures and bonding of hydrocarbons. We went over each section included in the chapter so that she has a general overview of what the chapter is about. We went over in detail about electron configurations, which, although taught in general chemistry, she did not remember the details of it which will come into play later on in the course. I showed her a few ways to remember the material and to utilize the information for further problems. I also gave her some sample exam questions and we also did some of the practice problems given in the chapter. Once I felt that she had a good enough grasp on the topic, we moved on to orbital shapes and hybrid orbitals, which seemed to confuse her a bit, but that is understandable given the complexity of that topic. I drew her pictures to help her better visualize the material and she seemed to understand it a bit more but I told her to let her instructor answer the more complex "why's" of the topic. I moved on to drawing structures which I had her do three different ways since all three are used throughout the course. She did very well in this subject which is great since the majority of Organic Chemistry 1 is drawing and recognizing structures. I gave her the assignment to finish reading the details of chapter one and to do all of the practice problems within the chapter, but hold off on doing the end of the chapter problems until class starts. She continues to work hard on her studies and so I am confident that we will see great improvements on her scores throughout the semester."
"The student recently was given lab data to complete for a report for her physics class. She was struggling with how to properly fill out the lab report with the data her teacher had given her. We looked at the worksheet together and worked through each individual issue. First we discussed the data, how the independent and dependent variables are related to each other, and the overall purpose of the lab. The topic was acceleration vs. mass and we discussed the formula f=ma which illustrates this relationship. Using the data, we then made 2 graphs to further show the relationship and then analyzed the graph's slope and y intercept. We concluded the lab by answering a few over all questions on the report. Finally, we also went over her homework problems, which she had completed on her own previously. She did very well and seemed to understand the problems. The one question she had struggled with, we did together and once she saw the info broken down more clearly, she was able to figure it out for herself."
"In today's session, the student and I covered a variety of topics. With Precalculus, we went over the trigonometric functions and the formulas. We covered several problems about finding out the values of related trigonometric functions given one equation. The student was able to manipulate one side of the equation to prove it was equal to the other. She was eager as always to learn the material, and she understands the concepts. The majority of the session was spent on reviewing Chemistry in preparation for an upcoming test. For the Chemistry, she and I covered electron configuration, trends in the periodic table (ionic and atomic radii, electronegativity), in addition to reviewing some concepts on the atomic emission spectra. She really has a knack for the electron configurations and is able to identify properties and trends quickly. She has also made solid progress towards mastering the ionic radii completely. She has grasped the ionization energy trends and how to interpret the data given in a problem. Leaving the session, I was confident in her ability to do well on future quizzes and tests."