Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we prepped for the student's upcoming exam on climate and water cycle. Specifically, we covered ocean currents, pressure belts, soil porosity and permeability."
"We started to cover the immune system and pathogens. We went over the types of pathogens and the innate immune system."
"Today, the student and I went over some test taking strategies for all parts of the AP exam. We talked about maximizing points by answering questions he is 100% sure of first, returning to questions he was not super sure about, and then lastly returning to questions that will amount to a guess. We also talked about the structure of the essays that he will be writing, and how the content takes precedence to the language used in it. However, there still needs to be a thought pattern to what he is writing. Lastly, we discussed experimental design, especially the importance of including a control and how to graphically represent data. I am having him complete part one of the 1st full length practice exam for our session on Sunday. I told him to simulate the test environment as best as he can, and not to cheat so we can know what is timing related and what is content related. We will be ramping up content review for the exam beginning next session when we review part one."
"Today we reviewed for the student's final using a study guide. We covered natural selection, DNA, evolution, pathogens, and other topics."
"We covered a short chapter that discussed the basics of atomic physics, which talked about the topics of the photoelectric effect, the dual nature of light, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and various atomic models. We are going to do her entire chapter review on the material tomorrow."
"Today I talked with the student about mass spectrometry, as this was a topic that her professor did not have time to discuss in the class, yet she still had to know it for her exam. We discussed the theory of how mass spectrometry works, the importance of the molecular ion ([M]+ peak), the isotope effects and how to determine the numbers of carbons, halogens, sulfur/ oxygen (provided there are no halogens), and nitrogens within a compound. We also briefly discussed how fragmentation works and how to look at how relative intensities across molecules change."