Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on Chemical Equilibrium, different levels of difficulty, equilibrium constant calculations using molarity and partial pressures, ICE tables, etc. She seems to understand this section well. The math is Algebra based. She has a few more homework problems to work on."
"The student had a test the next day, so we reviewed the study guide. We spent some time going over meiosis and Punnett squares. We also covered the differences between codominance and incomplete dominance."
"We went through several circuit, current, and resistance problems focusing on Kirchhoff's rules, Ohm's law, and how to combine resistors and capacitors into a single equivalent. The student is doing well on solving power and current problems as well as with combining resistors and capacitors. We definitely made progress on using Kirchhoff's loop and junction rules to solve circuits with multiple batteries and resistors."
"The student and I worked through two chapters in the book today, solutions and kinetics. I would like to revisit these with some more problems to practice applying the principles. He always follows my explanations, I just want to make sure they stick."
"The student and I covered all nine questions that I had prepared for her. The questions were very difficult but she did manage to begin the problem in the correct direction. I then showed her how to completely solve the problem. She did very well answering all of the conceptual questions getting nearly all of them correct. I feel like she is communicating a little bit more about what she needs for her class. She told me she really benefited from the problems I prepared and we will do the same thing next week with new concepts."
"Today we reviewed basic thermodynamic concepts and problem solving and worked through sample problems related to upcoming test problems related to enthalpy and entropy. He is an eager and very bright student; he seemed to benefit from explanations which distilled concepts into simpler terms. I asked the student to let me know how the test goes the following day."
"The student is a very polite and diligent students, and seemed to pick up the concepts regarding capacitors and how to hook them up in various combinations right away. There are a lot of confusing elements to this kind of calculation, but he was able to grasp the basic ideas quite well."
"Today we covered DNA replication concepts that have to be applied to a homework. We analyzed 3 different videos explaining the multiple steps in DNA replication. They covered topics such as: the unwinding process of DNA and how synthesis of new strands results in replication forks, DNA polymerase, and nucleotides to the 3' end of a strand of DNA. We also discussed proofreading of mismatched nucleotides, and RNA primer functions in pairing with the template DNA strand. We are going to have a new session next Tuesday."
"We covered the first two parts of the Stoichiometry chapter in the student's book, which included conversions from mass, volume and number of particles to moles as well as limiting reagents and percentage yield calculations. He knew all of the material but was struggling with the application of some difficult concepts. By the end of the session, he was able to solve all of the practice problems."
"Today's session was used to discuss the setup of an ecosystem, including the trophic pyramid levels, and how both energy and mass are introduced into the system. We also talked about how carbon, water, nitrogen, and phosphorus are cycled in the environment, both biologically and geologically. We finished by discussing the act of improving previously disturbed ecosystems via bioremediation and biological augmentation. The student has a great memory, so my goal was to see to it that she understood the core concepts, and that she would be able to apply the knowledge to critical thinking questions on her exam. I am confident that she will have no problem on her test tomorrow covering ecosystems, and trophic pyramids. We plan to meet next week so that we may cover the next concepts covered in class."
"Tonight we focused on acid-base chemistry. Also, we discussed advanced problems about why equilibrium fell a certain way in a reaction. I left him with the rest of the problems to finish."
"We reviewed the hormonal system, specifically; Anterior pituitary and posterior pituitary; hormones produced and released at the hypothalamus, pituitary, and end target glands; and differences between hormones based on type: protein, cholesterol, and amine."