Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over glacier types, sediment left from glaciers, how glaciers effect landscapes, the atmospheric levels, temperatures, and common occurrences at each level. We also briefly discussed global warming and how the atmosphere and glaciers are related. We did notes together on glaciers and the atmosphere so the student would have an organized section on the 2 topics. She will let me know what the grade on her most recent test is when she receives it."
"The student had moved on from ideal gas laws, so we looked up what he will be covering this week and got his class notes printed out from his online webpage. He had not been taught this material as of yet, so this was the first time he's seen any of the topics we covered during today's session. Because of this, I wanted to do a full overview of all topics in this chapter and then go through the individual topics in more detail next week. We went over Lewis structures pretty in depth because this concept is important to be able to understand the following topics in this chapter. I assigned him 6-8 practice problems for drawing Lewis structures before we moved on to talking about electronegativity and bond types. I asked him to tell me the differences between covalent and ionic bonds, and then we went through how to determine the type of bond in a compound by looking at the relative electronegativity values of the atoms involved in the bond. We then discussed molecular geometries by talking about the VSEPR theory of electron densities of a compound. Since we were not going over everything in minute details, I wanted to focus more on the "why's" of this material. He seemed to grasp the ideas behind each topic we discussed pretty well and we managed to get through his entire note package from his class and start on some of the assignment for the week. Next time we meet, he will have talked about these concepts in class so we can go through everything in more detail and catch him up on anything that he is confused about so that he can be confident going into his next exam."
"We went over sound waves, beat frequency, and other topics dealing with harmonics. The student knew the material fine, he just needed a little guidance on definitions and certain problems before he took his exam the next day."
"We discussed the respiratory system today and the topics we covered were the major structures/ organs within the air pathways and their functions, major muscles involved in inhaling and exhaling, alveolar sac and pleural sac pressure differences, spirogram of a healthy young adult (tidal volume TV, IRV, residual volume RV, etc.), hemoglobin affinity towards oxygen, and pons/ medulla brain signals control of breathing and controlled by chemical signals in blood."
"This was our last session before the student takes her final exam on Monday. We covered the K-T boundary extinction (dinosaurs) event and the evidence for a meteoric impact. I'm looking forward to hearing how her test goes and the final grade she gets. I'm confident she'll get an A!"
"Last night we did a cumulative review for the student's lab practical using a guide provided by her teacher. Aside from some momentary confusion regarding bacterial lawn/ isolate colonies, she did very well. The only areas that I would suggest that she study more is the animal evolution, but even after reviewing that, she was doing very well."