Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed his science packet, which was a review of covalent and ionic bonds, as well as an introduction to metallic bonds. There was also a focus on the Periodic Table and corresponding trends in the number of valence electrons, size, and other factors. He really seems to have a solid understanding of this material, and despite the packet asking very similar questions multiple times, he was able to remain focused and work diligently."
"The student was a little quiet at first, but he opened up and worked well throughout the tutoring session. He knew that he didn't do great on his last test/quiz, but he demonstrated to me that he knew a lot of the concepts so I suspect nerves or poor pre-test studying. We worked on the newer material (naming ions, polyatomic ions and writing/balancing equations). It was challenging for him at first, but once we started going through his homework he seemed to really get it. I also showed him how to prioritize which atom names to study and some rules for figuring out the names of polyatomic atoms. Overall he did very well with today's material."
"Today we covered transposable elements. We went through the different types of transposable elements and the student completed his homework assignment on that lecture. While he was working on his homework assignment we were also able to review some specifics on gene expression. We also started reviewing old material to be proactive for finals coming up in the next 5 weeks. We covered DNA replication for prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We continued to draw and outline the material we went through in today's session on the white board in different colors as a visual reference."
"We continued our discussion of electrostatics and introduced electric potential energy and electric potential. We did some problems with potential due to point charges. We also discussed electric field lines and shielding."
"I reviewed the following concepts with the student: bonding, specifically ionic bonding; covalent bonding; metal-metal bonding; orbitals; electron density; bonds are an energy-based argument; only a few bonds have ever been actually photographed. We also discussed electronegativity trends in the periodic table of elements, as well as first ionization energy, electron affinity, atomic radii, and ion sizes in the periodic table."
"We continued covering electromagnetic radiation. We went over the three types of energy transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. I gave visual examples and showed some interactive computer activities. We finished the session with practice questions from the review book."