Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I met with the student as he has a science (mostly biology) midterm coming up. We had reviewed most of chapter 1 last session, leaving chapters 2 & 3 for our sessions on today and Thursday. First we finished doing chapter 1 and summarizing it on our study sheet. Then we went over the information and he took his chapter 1 test. We then started to go over chapter 2. We were able to get through the major stages of the cell cycle, with pictures and bullet points for each stage. Chapter 3 is covering basic Mendelian genetics, which he is pretty fresh on and feels comfortable, so we will likely spend a small amount of time on Thursday covering that and the rest reviewing the more difficult topics of mitosis, organelles, going over tests etc."
"Our first session went well, we spent time getting to know each other and talking about the class, her current standing, and goals. She is a very bright student but. She was doing exceptionally well in the course last semester up until the final exam, where she scored lower than her average. She did well on her recent test but not quite what she was hoping for; she would like to receive an honors grade in the course. She indicated that she has been running out of time on tests in the class and is forced to guess on some questions just to complete the test in time. I suggested that this can happen if there is a lack of confidence in knowledge of the material, and we discussed some general test-taking strategies. We also talked at length about time management and prioritization as far as extra-curricular involvements are concerned, as it is sometimes easy to overcommit to too many activities and be forced to sacrifice valuable study time. She has a meeting with her teacher this week to discuss her recent test covering gases. She would like to go over current material as well as material from last semester's final exam as this semester's final is cumulative over the entire class. She is currently covering solutions in class and feels comfortable about this material, though they have done mostly laboratory sessions for this section so far. She has another exam on Tuesday and would like to meet again on Sunday to help prepare for it. Overall, I am confident that if she can devote more time to study specifically for chemistry then I believe she will be able to succeed in the course."
"The student is making up a test this week in her honors chemistry class and was confused about the material since she was not there for the class discussion. We went over the class notes, concept by concept and did some practice problems to make sure she understood how to apply the concepts. We talked about temperature and heat and the difference between the two. We then talked about enthalpy (H) and how to find the change in enthalpy of formation, enthalpy of a reaction, and enthalpy of a combustion. She did very well on these problems. We also talked about bomb calorimeters and coffee cup calorimeters as ways to measure heat exchange. Next we covered the concepts on entropy and Gibb's free energy. We also talked about Hess' law and how entropy, enthalpy, and Gibb's free energy can all be applied to it. I think she is well-prepared for her test now!"