Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the ideal gas law and practice problems for it. We worked on acid-base equilibrium and worked on practice problems for these concepts. We started working on weak acid and base equilibrium as well as diprotic, triprotic and amphiprotic acids."
"We reviewed the student's homework on noble gas laws (P1*V1/T1=P2*V2/T2) and basic unit conversion. In particular, we reviewed the proper conversion of units for different measurements in the same property. The student was unfamiliar with the ladder/step method of unit conversion, which will be of great use to her as she progresses in Chemistry."
"We covered kinetics and electrochemistry. In kinetics, we went over how to find the rate order of a reaction given an experiment. We also covered differentiated vs integrated equations and what they mean as well as looking for half-life. The kinetics portion was just review from old material because she said that was the most challenging concept for her. She is now learning electrochemistry in class. We went over her notes, and I added some extra details that might help. She was having the most trouble with terms (reduced, oxidized, reducing agent, oxidizing agent, galvanic, electrolytic, etc.). She understood everything after I went over it with her. She told me that she got a 48/50 on her quiz, and she also got a 27/32 on her test."
"In this session we discussed the problems the student missed on his first exam. This covered problems that dealt with Gauss' Law, Capacitance (of concentric shells), and circuits. We discussed and worked the problems he was still struggling with. We were able to come to a better understanding of the problem and discovered the errors he made. The student felt that we made good progress with his understanding of the material up to chapter 3 and is ready to move forward to Electric fields in materials."
"In this session, we went over sine and cosine wave functions. The student just went over this material in class today, so he had a lot of questions. We will continue to work on this topic to improve his confidence and understanding. He had an exam last Wednesday, and he scored 85/100."
"In this tutoring session, the student and I discussed what is involved with solving elementary dynamics equations. This included a conversation about the different types of friction, why friction occurs and how it is a resistive force. We then moved on to using F=ma to solve the problem at hand. From there, the student asked about how to solve the exact same system if it were on incline planes. We talked about how working with an incline play one usually redefined the x and y axes to make the problem easier. As part of that, we reviewed some of the necessary geometry and trigonometry, which the student remembered but had not worked with recently. This allowed us to break the gravitational force into components for the new x and y axes so that we could resolve using the equation F=ma."