Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered 4 more chapters in the study guide. We reviewed vocabulary and did multiple choice questions focusing on systems biology (nervous, endocrine, and muscle). We discussed the cell membrane potential and its importance."
"Focused on the cell and photosynthesis in preparation for final. The student was trying his best to learn. He seems to be picking up concepts faster than when we first started."
"First we reviewed the topics from last week. I had brought practice test questions for her to do and then go over together. Some of these practice questions were specifically chosen not just for material but also to go over some test taking strategies, including ways to make sure you don't spend too long on one question. Next, we covered cellular respiration, focusing on 1. where each step of the process occurs within a cell, 2. what the end products are for each process, and 3. what role ATP plays within each step. We then went over the review questions in her book for this section. She did very well on this section and seems to have a much greater understanding. Her biggest challenge in this section was remembering the location of each step within cellular respiration, so I asked her to be sure to study that particular topic some more. Finally, we reviewed the process of transcription. Next week we will go over the practice test questions for the section and review a number of short answer questions. She has also indicated that she would also like to review photosynthesis, epigenetics, and some anatomy next week."
"We worked on geometry. We reviewed finding the area of various shapes and looked at the relationship of triangles. The student was prepared and knew his material but just needed some confirmation to help him feel more comfortable."
"Today's session with the student was actually covering some Pre-Calc in anticipation of an upcoming test on Tuesday. We worked on some difficult problems contained on a test review, covering higher exponential polynomials and roots, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and the like. Most of her questions were with logarithmic functions, and I myself struggled a bit to recall some of the minutiae of logarithmic properties. One key mistake that I cleared up was her tendency to take the log of a sum and rewrite it as two logs of the two different terms, when the properties of logs actually make that impossible (this can only be done when two terms are multiplied or divided by one another). A large fraction of the other problem questions were simply small typos or errors that she had made the first time she worked through the problems, and doing them a second time through quickly revealed the place where she erred."
"Today, the student and I worked on functional groups, nomenclature of functional groups, reactivity of functional groups, stereochemistry of functional groups, carbocation stability, elimination/ substitution reactions, functional groups' relationship to each other, Sn1,Sn2 reactions, alkyl halide Sn1/Sn2 reaction example, alkyl halide reactivity, E1/ E2 reactions, and product/ reactant summary sheet of various catalysts."