Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight, the student spent an hour working on his last homework assignment. He made an outline of chapter 44 on ecology. He showed great understanding of the chapter. Then, we started working on a previous year's AP biology multiple choice questions. He said that he had already worked on the problems, but still showed that he has well reviewed the materials and got majority of the questions correct. While working on the problem, I also realized that he needs to review mitosis, transcription, translation, and genetics."
"We talked through the rest of the investigations from the investigations chapter in the student's review book, with particular focus on trophic transfers, restriction digestion/ gene maps and using the chi-square test for statistical significance. We did practice problems on restriction fragment analysis/ gene maps and using chi-square tests, and then used practice problems from the platform for enzyme activity, plant function/ tissue and trophic transfer. In general, she remains engaged and interested, and I think she is in a good position moving forward towards her exam. She is going to simulate an exam on her own this week, using one of the model tests from the review book, and we will discuss her results in next week's session and use them to guide our review over the next couple of weeks before returning to a focus on practice questions ahead of her test date."
"We finished the practice AP Physics B Form B test, and the student did well. Her challenge is lab questions, since she has no lab experience. Her strength is momentum. We worked for a while on the released practice material for APP1, including the multi-answer questions. Then I sent her a link to the released APPB multiple-choice questions, and we worked on those."
"The student finished reviewing chapter 5 on gases in chemical reactions. We also reviewed molar mass and partial pressures of gases and gas collected over water. We then went on to review thermodynamics and chapter 6. We completed seven of the pages in that chapter."
"The student and I examined the components of acceleration on an inclined planed. I prepared several pages of explanation of the direction of forces and how to calculate each. We parted with some question to be picked up and finished in our next session."
"Today, the student and I worked on thermochemistry, Gibbs free equation, entropy, enthalpy, keq calculations, Hess' law, changes of state, etc. She initially had struggles with the paradoxical nature of entropy signs, but we got past it. Her attitude was great."