Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was studying the concepts of the state of matter. There were terms and definitions that he was working on as well as how they relate to kinetic energy. He was trying to improve his understanding of the concepts of sublimation, deposition, and condensation. Specifically, how the energy of molecules relate to the rapid changes in the state of matter. We drew out diagrams of each term and developed allegories to relate each term with the definition. In addition, we quizzed the terms randomly as well as their changes in energy states as they moved between the states of matter (i.e., high energy to low energy in the process of freezing, condensing, or deposition). We worked through the concepts of the study guide his teacher had provided. We also spent some time going over phase change diagrams, trying to clarify why additional heat is added or taken away from matter but still does not change temperature during transitions from one state to another (i.e. liquid to a solid). His test on the subject was the following day. He was encouraged to review the terms again in the morning before leaving for school. He was very open and honest about what he was struggling with conceptually. He showed great improvement and retention of the material as the session progressed, very quick to re-explain concepts discussed."
"The student and I worked on questions pertaining to colligative properties of molecules, vapor pressure, boiling point, and freezing point. We also discussed her lab assignment about kinetics, reaction rates, and rate law."
"We went over/started membrane signaling. We started with the types of signaling channels and what passive vs primary/secondary transport is. We also covered some anatomy questions she had because she had an exam today."
"Today we talked in general about conservation laws, with a particular focus on work-energy principle and the conservation of linear momentum. We discussed how topics relate to one another in physics, especially forces vs. work vs. energy. I look forward to studying for the test sometime next week. Thanks!"
"The student and I spent this session finishing topics relating to the molecular basis of inheritance, specifically biotechnology techniques: recombinant DNA and gene cloning, restriction enzyme use, gel electrophoresis, DNA probes, Polymerase Chain Reactions, Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms, and Complementary DNA. She had a good grasp on the material and was able to successfully answer the short and long response questions in the chapter, which we went over together. We also went over some topics covered in the next chapter, related to biological diversity. Specifically, we went over classification and taxonomy, as well as the critical biological differences separating primitive and complex organisms. For next session, She is going to try to complete practice problems from a practice AP Biology exam. I am going to make a schedule for our remaining sessions."
"The student and I re-discussed the functional groups, as well as did an overview of Chapter 5: Macromolecules. We also discussed protein function (primary, secondary, etc...) and shape. The student seemed to only struggle slightly with the functional groups, and will require memorization of the 20 amino acids. Her attitude towards the material was confident, and she seems to enjoy/benefit from our tutoring sessions. I inquired how she felt about the quality of our sessions, to which she responded rather positively. I asked if she had created flashcards I had instructed from the previous week, which she did. In addition, I gave her some basic strategies to tackle the weight of the material. Her first true test will be most likely Monday. I look forward to seeing how she scores on this first exam, as it will set the tone for future sessions. She seems to be grasping the material effectively."