Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Being our first session, the student and I got to know each other. I found out about her classes and concepts she would like to work on. She has given me her notes so I can see how she is reading. Since she is just starting this section of nuclear chemistry, I took the role of a teacher so in class she is better equipped to understand and ask questions rather than just writing notes. Her logic skills are good. First, we went over alpha, beta, and gamma decay. She has a good understanding of what makes up an atom and the notion used in writing an element with its associated protons and mass number so after this discussion she nailed all the example questions I had. This concept in my opinion is well understood now. The next thing was radioactive decay with half lives. We went over how the number of half lives and the half-life give you approximately how old something is or if given the age and number of half lives you can find the half life. I also showed her that (1/2)^n (n = the number of half lives) showed her the fraction of the original thing is left and if you need to find a percentage simply multiply by 100 if you need a weight just times that original mass by the answer from (1/2)^n. This made a lot more sense to her. We then went over fission and fusion in the most general sense, and next session we will have to focus on the real world application of them because it seems to be something the teacher likes to test on."
"Today we covered the topic of momentum--specifically elastic and inelastic collisions in 1 and 2 dimensions. The student is becoming continually more proactive during our tutoring sessions. She asked several incisive clarification questions. She is becoming quite adept at identifying relevant equations and paying close attention to detail. She is not a passive receptacle, but an active and critical thinker. She seems to be keeping up well with the course content, as the 8 problems we worked with today were clearly some of the tougher problems in her problem set. It seems that she is able to finish most of the problems by herself, and even on the ones she could not solve individually, she always comes with a good grasp on what the problem is looking for."
"We covered the chemistry of acids and bases, precipitation reactions, redox reactions and concentration conversions (e.g. molarity, density). Strategies included identifying patterns of precipitation and a study plan for material that needed to be memorized."