Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over her homework problems that she had trouble with completing by herself covering acid/base equilibria reactions. Specifically, these problems were asking her to find the major species present in a solution containing two different strong bases, calculating the equilibrium concentrations of H+ ions and OH- ions of strong bases/acids, and calculating the equilibrium concentrations of these species with weak bases/acids. She really seemed to understand the material and really didn't need too much guidance to do the work. After we went through her homework, she asked if we could review a topic on her AP exam. I suggested going over organic chemistry, as she had never covered it before in class. I gave her a quick lesson on the basics of carbon, alkanes/alkenes/alkynes, isomers/stereoisomers/cis or trans isomers and the definition of saturation in regards to a double bond. She took notes and was able to follow along with my lesson. She has a test coming up next week or the week after, so we will focus on reviewing for that next week as well. She is very intelligent and a driven student. I have high hopes for her in this class."
"We reviewed basic thermodynamic concepts and problem solving; we worked through sample problems related to upcoming test problems; reviewed specific student problems related to enthalpy and entropy. The student is eager and very bright and may just need help avoiding over-thinking solutions as well as avoiding pitfalls; he seemed to benefit from explanations which distilled concepts into simpler terms. I asked him to let me know how the test goes the following day."
"The student and I discussed the central dogma of molecular biology. We reviewed the structure of DNA, RNA, and protein. Transcription, translation, and DNA replication were briefly discussed. I reviewed the concept of antiparallel strands and orientation of these molecules. We reviewed the structure and function of RNA tRNA and rRNA. Lastly, we explored various mutations of the DNA level."
"The student worked on a worksheet for gram, mole, and molecule conversions while we discussed her last quiz. She is going to approach her teacher to try to get a copy that we can review to see what went wrong. I wrote out a list of various practice problems for her to use to review for her upcoming test. I have a few more that I am writing for her to do as well. Monday we are going to go through these and review everything."
"The student and I met to study for her upcoming semester final, about which she has some anxiety. We reviewed practice problems from the material at the beginning of the year. We focused on cellular biology and biochemistry, which started to come back to her as we worked on it. She recognized that much of the material was memorizing the names and functions of various organelles or functional groups of macromolecules, which she will work on by herself. As she studies throughout the week she will compile questions she has so that our next session can be focused on her areas of growth."
"Today was our final review before the student's final. We started with molecular geometry since she told me she completely forgot how to do it. I briefly explained the topic to her, then had her attempt several practice problems from her study guide. Overall she did a very good job, but needs to watch out for making minor mistakes. I am confident that she will do great on her final."