Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the Calvin cycle. We also looked at autotroph mechanisms and how they compared to those of chemolithotrophs (sulfur, hydrogen, nitrogen and iron consuming bacteria)."
"The student and I went over alkenes, alkynes, and briefly oxidation/reduction. Right now she is struggling with the sheer volume of reagants given in this summer course and piecing together when to use certain reagents. We worked together to practice these topics in the practice exam. I also told her to contact me if she would like additional problems prior to her exam."
"The student scored a 90 on her most recent exam. We spent the session preparing for her upcoming quiz and exam on Chapters 5 and 6 (Gas Properties and Thermodynamics)."
"The student continues to get better at stoichiometric conversions. I encouraged him to break the large problems into smaller tasks. For example, he should start by putting down the units, find the conversion factors, and then do the multiplication. It seems to work well for him."
"We went through examples of short response questions that appear on the assessment test. The student needs to work on learning the cycles (carbon, water, and nitrogen), review a listing of energy sources with advantages and disadvantages of each, and review sustainable agricultural practices (specifically pesticides and herbicides)."
"We worked on released free response questions, including ones from the previous text format. While working on the problems, the student realized that although the wording of the questions changed, the topic of the questions are recycled. This acknowledgement helped us learn about the high-yield problems that may potentially appear on the exam. He did a great job answering the questions with his abundant knowledge in biology. I keep emphasizing the importance of reading the questions carefully, and I highly advise more emphasis from home as well."