Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over how to build Lewis Dot Structures, Valence Electrons, Formal Charge, Periodic Trends and there relationship in molecular structures, polarity, VSEPR models, electronegativity, and bond angles. Student is doing extremely well and responds well to guidance."
"Today we went through Darwinian evolutionary principles as compared with earlier views, natural selection, and fitness. We also went over how genetics and evolution relate, and the Hardy Weinberg Principle. Student seemed to do well with these topics."
"We focused on molecular bonding in preparation for a quiz on Monday. This included going through a worksheet from the teacher and answering some AP questions from past tests on this subject. Topics included molecular orbital shapes and distances, orbital hybridization, VSEPR theory and molecular shape, Lewis dot structures of molecular bonding, and the effect of electronegativities on bonding."
"The student worked on his revisions for his research paper. His professor wanted him to not use scientific jargon in the results section, but put it in a way that anyone could read the paper. He also wanted the student to fix some areas in the introduction, expand on the information for his results section, and to fully develop some ideas in his discussion. So I got him on track to fix those corrections, and then I went through and edited what he had written."
"The student worked on an illustration of an industrial worker and read a passage describing English textile labor in the early 19th century for his history class. In science, we covered carbon, hydrogen and covalent bonding, biological macromolecules and their function, and enzyme function. I quizzed him and gave him graphs to complete in preparation for a test. For economics, he worked on a project regarding spending and an imaginary persona."
"We spent the session discussing vocabulary and concepts (mechanisms) of DNA replication. We discussed the structure of nucleotides and described the differences between ribo- and deoxyribonucleotides. We talked about proteins that are enzymes (ases) and the tasks they perform in DNA replication. We talked about when replication and proofreading occur. Next, we discussed the similarities and differences between RNA and DNA. We ended by going over the central dogma and then mentioned briefly RNA transcription/translation. I suggested that the student go over the RNA transcription and translation so that we can discuss further in our next meeting. Also, I want him to bring forward any older material that may be forgotten or confusing in preparation for his upcoming exam."