Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had a very constructive session focused on exam prep. I sent the student an official practice exam to facilitate practicing with the particular format and writing style of the AP Biology questions, and we spent the session working through the beginning of the multiple-choice question. We discussed detailed strategy recommendations to help deal with the questions quickly and efficiently, and to deal with questions for which she does not readily remember the subject matter."
"We did more FRQ questions focusing on acid-base and equilibrium. The student is making solid and steady progress and her understanding of the logic and structure of problems has improved. Her grasp of various concepts such as the periodic trends and ability to analyze experiments has also gotten better."
"We worked on problems involving acid-base reactions. The student did exceptionally well with this material, and she really seemed to understand what she was doing. She was a little less confident when it came to problems that were not 1/1 stoichiometric titrations, but after doing a few of them together she seemed okay. I suggested that she look at these types of problems immediately before the test, and make it the first kind of problem she solves, so that it's fresh in her mind, and she has something to look at for comparison for any future, similar problems. The only continuing issue that she had was plugging a given pH into the pH equation as the concentration, so she would solve for the wrong thing. As long as she's careful about the numbers she's plugging in, I think she'll do well on the exam."
"We are continuing to work through practice problems for sections the student feels he's struggling at. Today's session dealt with the conservation of energy, and I feel he is improving with each problem we go over."
"In today's session, the student and I covered chemical equilibrium. We talked about the different aspects (heterogeneous vs homogeneous, the rate constant). She worked on homework problems and was able to easily tackle the assigned questions. She briefly struggled with how to conceptually think about how a system would react. Her class will cover Le Chatelier's Principle. Leaving the session, I assigned her to read the rest of the book chapter and to attempt to follow how the book works on the problems."
"We went over cellular respiration, signaling pathways, phosphorylation, mitosis review, evolution, genetics, anatomy, and other explanations of questions that the student had on her practice exam problems. Her knowledge of the concepts is very good; she just has trouble putting together the information to answer the questions sometimes, so we are working on breaking down the questions and eliminating the wrong answers to systematically answer the problems. She is remembering the information very well and is preparing for her exam well."