Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was spent reviewing a variety of topics in preparation for the upcoming final exam. We spent a brief time discussing and doing one or more practice problems regarding redox reactions, neutralization reactions, and combustion reactions. We also spent time talking about a few other concepts for clarification including organic molecule nomenclature, exceptions to the octet rule, lattice energy and the Born-Haber cycle. With a few minutes to spare at the end of our session, I told the students a little bit about my experience as a student in college, since the two of them are considering attending when they graduate. Overall, I feel both students have a great understanding of most all the material and will continue to refresh themselves and review small details that they will need to know for their final. I'm looking forward to resuming sessions after next week."
"The student and I went over a dataset that I had created and I had her figure out what analyses she would use to answer particular questions (using HIV-related data - which she is researching). She did a really good job figuring out what tests to use, especially using resources and class notes, and she was able to get a lot out of the exercise. We will be doing this again next week because these exercises are particularly challenging but very helpful."
"The student and I covered hydration and precipitation reactions. He seemed to have a good understanding of the concepts and was able to do several problem sets without trouble. He did very well in his chemistry course last semester and got an "A-" for the term."
"The student sent me PowerPoint slides of all of her lectures that have been covered so far. Today, we reviewed basic principles of pharmacokinetics, and then moved on through the lectures covering medication management of angina and heart failure. This involved a discussion of pathophysiology of the disease states and mechanism of action of the drugs with an overview of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. We then compared situations to her daily experiences as a cardiac ICU nurse and rationalized the indications for certain drugs in these disease states. We also went into deeper detail on specific drugs including digoxin, beta blockers, calcium channel inhibitors, and nitrates. When we left off, we decided to continue with this strategy unless she has anything specific from her current material that she would like to review immediately. We also determined that she should look at the questions from her last test, which she has online access to, and bring any difficult questions to our next session so that we can discuss."
"We reviewed for the student's first exam by going over problems on the following topics: work, forces on a ramp, gravitational force/centripetal motion, and relative velocity. We found complicated examples of each. I think that she will be able to do them on her own using her "cheat sheet," because we wrote down the steps for approaching each type of problem."
"Today, the student and I worked on forces and then I gave her some tips to using her calculator to convert between polar and Cartesian coordinates. Specifically we looked at Newton's 1st law and how it applies to constant velocity when the net force is zero. Then, in order to solve the homework problems, I gave her a mnemonic to remember how to break down a vector into its horizontal and vertical components. Then we solved 2 problems using the components of the force, and then converting back from rectangular to polar coordinates to get the magnitude of the net force and its direction. In the last problem, finding the force components was only the first step; after that we had to use the kinematic equations of motion to find the position of a duck that had initial velocity to the east, and forces applied to the east and to 52 degrees south of east. Once we finished that last problem, there were still 20 minutes left to the session, so I asked her if she wanted to learn how to have her calculator convert between polar and Cartesian coordinates, and she agreed. So, I looked up for the TI-83 the polar to rectangular function, and then had her find it. Afterward, we practiced with the values of the 3-4-5 right triangle and the 5-12-13 right triangle. She was really happy to learn about this feature."