Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed combinations and permutations in preparation for the student's math test. She has no problems constructing graphs and finding the mean, standard deviation, and variance of a data set. I gave contrasting examples of when it is appropriate to use combination and when to use permutation."
"During our session, we reviewed the material that was presented in the student's previous lecture. The concepts we covered were genetics, heredity, phenotype vs. genotype, history of genetics, Mendel, Punnett squares, monohybrid crosses and dihybrid crosses. We spent extra time working on understanding each key term presented and did a few examples of monohybrid crosses. By the end of the session, she seemed to have a better understanding of the topics related to genetics that we covered and we made plans to continue to build on what we had done in our next session."
"Today we covered some of the basics of animal phylogeny and the differences that separated the different classes. We also talked about the importance of homeostasis, feedback mechanisms, different examples of each, and how the endocrine system functions to this end. The students had several questions about homeostasis and the vocabulary from the chapter, but were not particularly confused about anything."
"The students and I began creating a budget for their garden plot. They investigated different options for building a raised bed. I spent most of my time working with Student A on his estimation skills. This is some of his first exposure to complex, adult-world problem solving, and I gave him tips for managing the details. In math, Student B and I derived the formula for the area of trapezoids. She already could dissect right trapezoids into rectangles and triangles. I showed her that the area of the trapezoid does not change as the bases move; it has just been rearranged. I showed her how to rearrange a trapezoid into a rectangle with the same area by averaging the bases, which ultimately is the formula for the area."
"We talked about electric potential and potential energy due to charged particles and in circuits. We talked about what resistance is, and how it is combined is series and parallel circuits. The student had some misconceptions that I was able to clear up."
"We covered balancing and classification of reactions. The student has been practicing balancing and was able to get up to speed with just a few strategies. He showed particular progress by tabling the atom counts for both reactant and product sides. The student has been working hard to get ahead of schedule and is ready to go with the chemistry material. He's been highly motivated and learning quickly. We also covered five different types of reactions and how to recognize them. I left him with a practice problem to make sure he was able to predict products and balance reactions, which he should be able to complete for next week."