Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I prepared for a test covering the properties of solutions. We reviewed the class slides, completed a worksheet, and broke difficult problems into steps. The key to the test will be remembering the subtle differences between similar vocabulary and concepts. Our focus was on contrasting these concepts and making sure she could clearly understand problem instructions."
"Today we went over quantum numbers, the Bohr model, trends across the periodic table, calculation of wavelength and frequency, meters/nanometers conversion, calculation of change in energy, wavelength, and frequency with change in energy level of electrons."
"Explained how to use phase diagrams to find phase transition conditions at different temperatures, and apply this skill to use to solve homework questions. Conducted drills in converting between units of pressure, where multiple sequential conversions are needed to set up a calculation to convert between distantly linked units."
"Reviewed biological macromolecules, their structure, and functions. Discussed enzymes, activation energy, endothermic and exothermic reactions, and how to tell the difference between them. Also discussed how enzymes worked and what can cause them to work improperly. Discussed chemical equilibrium and what it means. Looked at a phet simulation that relates to enzymes and chemical equilibrium and an online interactive that looks at macromolecules and dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis reactions."
"Reviewed first full practice exam. We focused on population dynamics of biodiversity and the food chain, allergic reactions and immune functions, diffusion and osmosis, clarifying to oneself what a question is asking, clarifying reasons for an answer, and clarifying weakly correct answers from strongly correct answers. We also discussed the strategy of using reason to talk through a question to identify the important information."
"Reviewed the biochemical structure of amino acids and proteins. Discussed dehydration and hydrolysis reactions. Reviewed biochemistry topics- van der Waals forces, hydrogen bonds, the properties of water, etc. I left the student with problems to complete in her review book."