Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began going through the material that will be on his final exam, which he will take in about two weeks. We chose to go through all of the material from the textbook, class notes, and lectures and began to create a study guide. He stated that he learns best from examples, so I made sure to come up with examples for each of the general concepts that we went over. He seemed to grasp the material well, and will continue reviewing the study guide in between our sessions."
"We reviewed cell cycle from the last session; mitosis, meiosis, and DNA synthesis. I had her draw diagrams and answer questions orally. Her understanding has improved and she just needs to tie up loose ends. We also covered new topics of photosynthesis; light and dark reactions. She is reading and preparing flashcards at a rate of a chapter a day. Also, each day she reviews previously made flashcards. Our next session will be about genetics."
"Today, the student had an upcoming test over the phases of the moon and the tides which he wanted help in preparing for. We started out by looking over slides from his class and discussing the information in them, and then I asked him a few questions. He was fairly comfortable with most of the information, but had difficulties pointing out certain phases of the moon. I drew him a chart of the moon's different phases and encouraged him to draw of copy for himself to help him memorize what each one looks like. We ended the session by looking at a science textbook he had and answering questions within it. At this point, he was much more confident with the information we had been looking at."
"Today, the student and I worked on electricity topics in his online course including fields, forces, potential, current, resistance, power, and capacitors. He had a few conceptual questions about how fields were defined and drawn, but once I explained the basics, he had no problem. He struggled a bit with the topic of electric potential vs. electric potential energy. I used the analogy of gravitational potential to help clarify, and he then correctly pointed out that only the movement parallel to the field lines results in a change in potential energy. We then moved on to current, resistance, and power, which were no problem for him. He did well today, and we moved quickly through his lessons and the follow-up questions without much difficulty."
"The student and I reviewed credit by exam results and covered heat thermodynamics in Physics B opening sections. We reviewed conservation of heat and density of heated molecules (density v. pressure). We also reviewed and revised college common app short-answer questions and discussed college interview questions: common questions, professionalism, and being unique and memorable."
"Today was another review session, in which we reviewed the PowerPoint presentations from the student's physics lectures. Specifically we covered a set of problems that required us to determine which of a series of graphs could represent the positions, velocities, and momentums of two objects hypothetically colliding. Additionally we went over a couple of questions about changes in momentum and impulse forces. We plan to expand on this a bit during our session in the coming weekend."