Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on solubility and solutions. She brought her homework, which we discussed. The assignment was based mostly on new concepts, which I explained to her as we discussed the problems. I noticed that she was able to solve tough solubility questions with ease, since we had practiced them intensively during the last session. Molarity was one of the new concepts we learned today. She grasped the concept pretty quickly and was able to move through the problems on her own after my explanation."
"During this session, we focused on waves. For longitudinal waves, we looked at how to find the frequency, period, speed, and maximum acceleration of a particle on the wave. We also looked at Snell's law, what angles need to be used, and how you can use the angles to find the refractive index of a substance. We covered kinetic energy of waves and how to find the maximum kinetic energy. We looked at harmonics and how to find the harmonics for a system closed at one end. We ended by looking at how to find wavelength when systems are in resonance."
"This time we went over the slides from a class introducing homeostasis (internal or external stimulus that disrupts equilibrium, behavioral or physiological response that restores it) that the student had missed. We also fine-tuned an old photosynthesis lab write-up and deepened his understanding of the chemistry behind what happened in the lab he did. We also discussed studying and textbook reading strategies. The student told me that he had been primarily using a couple of AP Biology text review books to study from and not using the more in-depth, paragraph style textbook excerpts his teacher had assigned him to read because he thought they were too wordy. I pointed out to him that nearly all of the textbooks he's likely to come across in college will be much more like the assigned reading from his teacher and this would be an excellent chance to get used to reading more dense material. We discussed some text reading strategies (dividing the text into smaller sections by subject, following along as you read with a pen so your eye doesn't wander and you can highlight important content, treating reading a dense paragraph as a scavenger hunt for the most important information to learn, etc.). I suggested that he try to read through the assigned textbook reading as a step one, to understand the subject more deeply, and then use his other books for review as a step two."
"During this session, we covered the remainder of the respiratory system including anatomy of the conducting and the respiratory zones. We also covered part of the blood system including the components of blood, the different types of leukocytes and the formation of blood cells."
"The student and I did a last session review before his test on Tuesday. We went over the heart, vascular, and lymph structures, and he did them with ease. I made a quiz based on his study guide and past homework assignments, and he did well. I think he is prepared great for this exam, and I think he will do awesome on it!"
"The student and I spent time reviewing concepts in molecular biology and biochemistry. He seems to understand the concepts of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell replication. We will continue our review of biochemistry when we meet again. We also reviewed a few end-of-chapter questions at the end of the session."