Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a lab assignment in which he used cabbage juice and several other pH indicators to estimate the pH of several solutions. These solutions were grouped based on their color after reacting with different pH indicators, and classified as either acids or bases. The ranges of the different indicators were also investigated."
"During this session we worked on reviewing for the student's final. We went through past midterms to find any problem areas. We primarily focused on electricity and charge but we also covered some ideal gas law concepts as well. With electrical currents we covered finding voltages and currents when you know the resistances of a circuit. This involved looking at Kirchhoff's rules and what stays constant with parallel and series circuits. We then looked at electrical forces and field strengths. During this we primarily focused on vector addition. We also discussed what makes something an ideal gas and how the ideal gas law can be manipulated."
"We reviewed all of the chapters about optics in preparation for the student's upcoming test. We practiced drawing refraction angles as well as calculating the angle using Snell's Law and how to determine if there is no refraction because all of the light is being reflected. We also reviewed color and how we see colors and knowing when to use the primary color vs. the secondary color triangles. Lastly, we also reviewed electromagnetic radiation and which types have longer wavelengths and how radiation is produced from electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom. She is feeling confident about the other topics in this section such as the parts of the eye and ray diagrams for objects seen in mirrors or lenses so she is planning on going through the review questions for these topics on her own before the test."
"For this session of physics, we covered electric fields and the force due to particles of charge. We also covered AC and DC circuits and the equations that apply. We completed some problems to facilitate understanding."
"We reviewed chapter 10 in the student's chemistry book on gases. We went through some topics that had been covered in class and some that were still to come. He seemed to grasp the overall concepts and was able to answer the questions correctly. I gave him an outline of important concepts and highlighted some problems to practice with."
"For today's session, the student and I discussed a more in-depth summary of sound waves. This followed from our previous discussion on simple harmonic motion and waves, so she already had a nice background in wave motion. Concerning sound waves, we talked about noise vs sound, related SHM in different types of wind instruments, and discussed what would happen if we had two sources of sound at varying distances from each other. We have been collecting notes during our sessions that have relevant derived equations including pictures and diagrams for better understanding of the concepts, so we worked off of these notes from our previous session on wave motion. During this session we also went through some practice problems that she might see on her test, as well as problems given in her assignment. She only had a problem with a few of the exercises that she had tried prior to our session. One of them was due to her making an arithmetic error, and the others we were able to walk through together."
"The student and I met on Sunday to begin going through the material for her cell biology exam. In examining her course materials and listening to her explain the methodology of her class, it is evident that this course is being taught more like a graduate course (requiring mostly independent study and research). I suggested that she not try to read her cell biology textbook in its entirety, but rather, use her list of things to "know" and "understand" (as provided by her professor) to focus her studying efforts. In this way, she can best use her time by using her text as a reference if she doesn't understand a topic rather than using it as a primary (and rather time-consuming) study tool. Using her study terms list as a guide, we went through the first section of bullet points together, with me summarizing the textbook and pointing out elements of the terminology and details that I thought might prove important on the exam. I have compiled a document of my own notes concerning apoptosis and cell cycle control which I have emailed to her, and I have encouraged her to contact me with any questions!"
"As the material increases in difficulty, the student continues to deliver accurate and complete solutions as well as an excellent understanding of the underlying principles. We spent a lot of time today having him solving problems by writing and balancing equations as well as creating net ionic equations. We also covered: evidence of chemical reactions, like gas, precipitation, temperature and color change, light and heat production; five types of reactions, synthesis, decomposition, combustion and single/double replacement; forming product(s) from reactants; converting written equations into formulas and balancing them; writing complete and net ionic equations. He continues to be very polite, attentive and focused. I am greatly enjoying our discussions."
"The student and I reviewed carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids for her exam last week. We reviewed primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary structures of the macromolecules, as well as their function regarding cellular processes and reactions. We also reviewed some amino acid nomenclature, as it is bound to come up in future sections. I tried my best to note possible subjects that are commonly used in exam questions, especially for memorizing types of lipids regarding the types of fatty acids, glycerols, and functional groups that are used in their synthesis."
"The student and I discussed a study plan to better assist her overall comprehension in honors chemistry. We worked on ionic, covalent and metallic bonding - focusing on Lewis dot structures, valence electrons, VESPR, and molecular geometry, bond angles, and molecule polarity. She understands the concepts and has the necessary background information; she just needed me to guide her through the individual steps and help correct any mistakes she made along the way. We discussed a problem set, which she is assigned every week, and her homework! She stated that she feels much more confident in understanding the material and what is expected from her that will enable her to succeed with the grade she wants."
"Today, the student and I went over naming acids and bases. The student had a good grasp of the concepts already, so we mainly reviewed the topic and went over practice problems. We reviewed questions that had to do with naming acids and bases from the formula, as well as providing the chemical formula given the name. He did very well and did not have a lot of difficulty with the subject. I will be sending him some extra practice problems and lectures just in case he needs to go over it once again."
"We reviewed for his final exam he will be taking on Friday. We went over Elimination and substitution reactions. Also predicting the products of various reactions as well as retrosynthesis. He will continue to work on his study skills, and prepare for his final exam."