Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student asked to go over ratios and proportions again, so we went over a few practice problems in our integrated algebra textbooks. We also went into converting percentages to ratios/fractions and vice versa, as well as decimals, which came up pretty commonly on the aptitude test. We then mostly went over math problems on the test and found that unit conversions and ratios come up a lot, so we decided to practice that as well. Finally, I recommended a biology review workbook to help her with review."
"We went over his quiz corrections and started chapter 4 to get a head start on the material so that he is prepared for the next test."
"Today was my first meeting with the student, and so we spent time before the session getting to know each other. Following this, we talked about basic atomic structure, including topics such as the proton and neutron-dense nucleus, the electron cloud surrounding the nucleus, and how electrons (which are not trapped in the nucleus) are going to be a key focus for us. We also discussed how the number of each of these subatomic particles relates to what we see on the periodic table. This was followed by a discussion of electron configuration. We then discussed the excitation of electrons, and how that relates to photons of light and the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom. We combined these concepts with a practice problem. We then moved onto quantum numbers and the idea of valence electrons, including what should be counted as a valence electron. Lastly, we classified electrons using quantum numbers. She is quick to pick up material and is genuinely interested in learning. She did have some trouble when we combined concepts in the practice problem concerning photon emission following electron excitation. From this, I will attempt to give her information in an easy-to-understand manner and present her with more practice and practical application. She is eager to learn, and I definitely look forward to working with her."
"The student and I had our first biology session. We discussed the fact that she is learning the sciences starting with the most broad, because of her as yet limited math knowledge. Therefore, she has to learn some chemistry. We discussed the 4 organic molecules and their purpose in the body. Next session we plan to discuss cell structure."
"We covered a biology assignment that the student had for her IB program. The assignment was on proteins and enzymes. She mostly struggled with linking concepts and understanding how everything was interconnected. She knew all the material well and she took excellent notes during class. We focused specifically on how concepts built on each other, definitions of relevant terms (i.e. enzyme, catalyst, substrate, products), and specific real-life examples for enzymes and proteins. We briefly went over some statistics, but we will be focusing more on that in future sessions."
"We went over the subjects on the student's quiz, specifically the periodic table, polar molecules, covalent bonds, ionic bonds, matter, elements, and atoms. We also went over an in-class assignment that he had a little trouble with, and I wrote him some practice problems based on his chapter vocabulary and the class material he provided me. He had a good attitude towards the material. He made flashcards, and I gave him some mnemonic-like tricks for remembering different types of bonds. Learning these basics is going to be really important to his understanding of biology further down the road. I would like to see how he does on his quiz today and maybe spend a little more time on the material next week."