Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was another review session with the student on subjects of lenses and mirrors, as well as thermodynamics. Several sample problems were worked out to illustrate key ideas, such as whether images are real or virtual and finding the heat flow from or into a gas. She was able to follow through with the algebra on the sample problems. Since this is finals week, she had other subjects to study other than physics so I've suggested reviewing problems from her homework, the exam, and in her textbook when she gets the chance, for an optimal grade on the physics final."
"The student and I reviewed a variety of topics to get her ready for her IB exam tomorrow. We focused mainly on reviewing human physiology topics, specifically, neurons and synapses, as well as hormones, homeostasis and reproduction. We looked at a variety of diagrams and some videos to understand major processes. We also walked through the IB syllabus to look at some major analysis questions they might ask. I recommended that she look at other analysis points on the syllabus tonight and cross reference them with the book so that she will be as prepared as possible for the exam."
"As mentioned before these last three weeks have been nonstop for the student. Today she took the AP physics 1 and was encouraged by it. Physics II is more up her ally as this material is most recent. She will do better tomorrow than today I don't doubt."
"During this session we covered the worksheet over reaction rates and balancing chemical equations. We also worked with polyatomic ions, which the student was told to make flashcards for. She is doing well on the concepts that we have covered already with a little encouragement. Next time we will complete her next in-class topic and continue covering topics from earlier in the semester."
"Angular momentum, torque, cross product. Difficulty in determining what the angle in the problem relates to, decomposing a value into components. Positive attitude, and test skills discussed. Extra practice in the student's possession."
"The student worked through his assignment for Spanish, which was to read a poem and its background info, and answer comprehension questions. He needs to change his mental culture of how to approach learning Spanish (which I think he attributes to learning Latin, which he thought was worthless, in junior high), moving from skating through as if it were a subject that he just has to pass, to looking up everything, and trying to gain more and more fluidity in his comprehension. We talked about the difference in sentence structure between English and Spanish, and how when reading and translating you cannot go word by word, rather, looking at phrases and seeing what their English parallel would be."