Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Prior to this session, the student had been working ahead on the Honors Chemistry. It really is showing as we work together and go on to the next topic before it is covered. In the session, he and I went over Lewis Dot structures, VSEPR, and Molecular Geometry. he really was able to grasp the concepts and seemed a lot more excited. In addition, he and I touched a little bit on Pre-Calculus before his quiz. He showcased his preparation and it definitely is paying off."
"The student and I started on the excretory system today. She finished her class assignments and we continued to prepare for her exam next week on the immune system. We practiced for the essay portion by trying to answer sample prompts."
"The student is learning about bacterial and viral genomes, plasmids, gene cloning, and cDNA libraries. We spent most of the sessions going over the two chapters in his textbook that will be covered on his next exam. He asked a lot of questions about viral genomes, and about bacterial DNA transfer so we spent a little extra time on those topics."
"The student's physics problems are now combined for each week, so she spent a longer time than usual working through today's assignment, which related to the following topics: oscillatory motion, velocity, frequency, period, angular frequency, and kinetic/ potential energy of an oscillating spring system. She had a strong understanding of this material by the end, particularly when working with energy. She had more difficulty with interpreting graphs, but doing more problems will definitely help with that. She will complete this homework assignment during our next session, once she has covered more material in her lecture."
"During this session, we focused mainly on discussing periodic trends of the elements. This included atomic radius, electronegativity, and ionization energy. After asking the student to describe the trends, it became apparent that the main way she had learned these trends was through memorization. As such, we spent time discussing the "why" behind the trends, including concepts such as electron shells and shielding, nucleus attraction, electron repulsion, and noble gas conformations. By the end of the session she seemed more comfortable with the trends and could hesitantly explain why they followed the observed patterns. I encouraged her to make flashcards to help her relate the concepts to the trends. We also began discussing molecular orbitals and writing electron configurations. She seemed to grasp this easier, although additional practice would be helpful in the future."
"The student and I had a great session. He has a calculus test coming up this week, so we spent our time working on that material. He is struggling with related rates questions, so we did several practice problems dealing with that topic. We talked about the general strategy to solve that type of problem and talked about other things he can do to prepare for the test. Our next session is scheduled for Monday."