Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Review of Ocean animal classification and temperature/density ocean water gradients) material in preparation for test. The student seemed to have a bit of difficulty in recalling this material, and as such this is a good chapter for her to spend a little more time reviewing"
"We went over C-based software built on top of Java. It is called Processing, and it is a graphics manipulation development software that has many elements taken from the C language. We discussed main methods and functions within the software as well in order to solve a practice problem."
"The student's test is tomorrow so we spent this session working through a study guide that her teacher had posted. Though the test covers a lot of material, she found out that the main focus is on immunology, the nervous system, and endocrinology. She is definitely getting better at these topics, and seemed familiar with everything we talked about. I think she will do well on the test as long as she continues to focus on these more challenging chapters."
"The student and I continued to study for her upcoming test in Developmental Biology. We focused on mRNA regulation and movement during Drosophila embryo development. We discussed the phenotypes of different knockouts and how those types of questions may be presented on the test. I gave her a study tactic to make a chronological chart of the lecture material. We started at fertilization and went through embryo development and the formation of different planes. I also helped her see what sort of questions the teacher will likely ask, so that she can write her own questions to quiz herself."
"Usually the student and I work on Calculus but today was a nice change. We worked on Physics to help her prepare for a test focusing on momentum, kinetic energy, and impulse. Sometimes it just took a little help to get her started on the problem but once she started the rest was easy, especially the math. Physics is just an application of mathematics. Some of the equations used are new to her still, but once she knows which one to use the rest is effortless for her. For Calculus, we talked about critical points and how they can be used to know when a function is increasing or decreasing. Today was a good session, she worked hard and had plenty of questions ready."
"The student asked for a little help with Newton's Laws, and understanding the related concepts and equations pertaining to mass, weight, acceleration, and force. We went through the material, many of the questions using the formula F=ma, or finding an average acceleration from a given velocity and the time it took to achieve it. We also covered another algebra quiz which was more of manipulating the equations of lines into the form Ax+By=C, y=mx+b. We also covered finding points that are on a given line, by plugging 0 into the equation for x or y, and solving for the remaining variable."
"Continued with electricity. The student just needed a refresher course on types of circuits/their effects on current/relation between electric power and energy. We reviewed the formulas associated with the material and did a couple of examples to make sure she understood. I then had her work on a homework assignment on her own, and for the most part, she was able to apply what she learned to her work and answer her problems correctly. She has no upcoming quizzes this week."
"Student and I reviewed and clarified the material that will be on her upcoming test. I quizzed her using a study guide of questions and answers provided by her professor. She did really well (knew ~95/105), and if the exam is true to the study guide, then she should definitely get a good grade."
"During this session we worked on acid and base chemistry. We discussed how to find the pH and what it was a measurement of. We also discussed what the relationship between pH and pOH was and how to use that when solving problems. We also discussed methods of approach for solving for the pH when your given the Ka or Kb and starting concentration of an acid or base. We ended by covering how to find the pH of a dissolved salt from an acid base reaction."
"We spent the majority of the session going over concepts for student's test on 3/25, which is focused on the mole. We worked on several Empirical and Molecular Formula problems in his unit packet, which will be collected for extra credit. Next session we will work on his most recent test corrections, as well as going over his midterm review packet, in order to address as many issues as he has before his midterm on Friday. He has been assigned only to finish the review packet for our session Thursday, which is probably more work than he has time to finish. After his midterm, he will be asked to finish what ever test corrections we do not finish, and to make sure everything is in the format specified by his teacher."
"We spent most of the time checking and completing the work packet on motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration. For the final 45 minutes we worked on two computer lessons dealing with the same subjects."
"Great session today; we covered a whole lecture's worth of material regarding some final signal transduction mechanisms involving RTK and MAP Kinases and also PI3-AKt. From there, we talked about signal sequences being used for transport through the nuclear pores with facilitator proteins and also the Ran family of proteins (GAP, GTP, GEF). We then discussed protein sorting/transport to the ER which also involves signal sequences, but the proteins are still growing while they are being released into the ER. I am leaving some slides regarding nuclear transport."