Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with questions about any of the information given in lecture. Then the student began working through the homework questions. These questions covered chromosomal abnormalities and potential progeny. For next time, I asked to have all of the lecture notes and questions ahead of time to better prepare. As we approach the final, the information will become more solid and we will be able to drill it."
"For this session we spent a long time looking at organic chemistry naming conventions. We worked through an extensive set of problems related to naming, isomers, deducing the formula or chemical structure from the name and vice versa. We also looked at the condensed line based way of drawing chemical structures."
"Over the last few days, the student and I have spent a total of 5 hours working on review sheets in Chemistry and his Algebra II/Trig courses. The goal has been to cover all topics on the handouts at least twice, and I think we fulfilled that. He thought his Alg II exam was fairly simple and included problems exactly like those we worked. Overall, his Physics score has gone from a D or D+ up to a current score of 83, and there is even the possibility of getting a solid B in the course, depending on the outcome of the final!"
"During Session 3 the focus was on reviewing the concepts behind how the movement of the earth affects our weather. A spinning and revolving Earth explains seasonal and local wind patterns, e.g. for most of the US weather moves from west to east. We were able to look over the questions from her homework that she had questions about. The student seemed more confident after her test."
"Today, the student and I worked on photosynthesis (light dependent and independent stage, photosystems II and I and electron transport chain). We worked on the ability to memorize and retain the concepts being taught. She was ready to learn and retain the concepts. I gave her homework and also asked her to re-study the concepts we did and prepare for a quiz when we meet. She is beginning to understand the concepts being taught and that is a win."
"In the past two sessions the student and I went over the problems he did not understand how to approach and we went over some different testing strategies for his math test, which was Tuesday morning. The student's biggest problem was becoming flustered by seemingly complicated problems instead of attempting to break them down and attack the problem logically. His recollection of most of the covered material and formulas was fairly strong and he was confident in his mathematical abilities but not in his logic abilities. We worked on this and he seemed more confident by the end of the session."