Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered gravitational pull and electrostatic forces. I explained to the student how to approach problems, as well as keeping consistent use of logic in his problems. We did not finish one problem, so he will be trying that one on his own, and I will be sending him a solution tonight for him to review."
"The student and I continued her review problems for her upcoming exam. There were a lot of problems that were very densely packed with information. I think she did quite well. I hope she will be able to review the questions and consider the details of what we talked about, because she is clearly bright enough to take it in given a reasonable amount of time to practice."
"Today the student and I reviewed for the first exam. We covered forces, Gauss's law, electric field and electric potential. I think with some more practice she will perform well on the exam. After doing one practice test the 2nd test came much easier and she able to remember the relevant equations more."
"We talked about lipids and phospholipids, diffusion and osmosis. I believe it is the fact that the student hasn't had a chemistry course that is impacting her the most. She was frustrated at first, but I believe that after a while she was very responsive. I tried to give concepts that would make memorizing large problems easier. I asked that she try to do to the practice exam, and we would review at the next meeting. She seems more comfortable with the material."
"We went over a test review for the student's upcoming test. We went over polar and amphipathic molecules, as well as glucose and how osmosis works with glucose and semi permeable membranes. Then we talked about diffusion and how small and polar molecules are able to move the fastest through membranes. Then we talked about electrochemical gradients and proton gradients and what they are used for and examples in the cells. Then we talked about enzyme kinetics. We then talked about the addition of cholesterol to lipid bilayers and how this affects the membrane fluidity in warmer and colder environments. This is where the student had the hardest time, trying to figure out why cholesterol increases fluidity. I tried to use real-life examples and explanations to why, and I think she now has a much better understanding of this topic. I feel like she is well on her way to scoring where she wants to in biology."
"We went over cell cycle regulation, meiosis, mitosis, plants, animals, bacteria replication, cancer causes, protein regulation and mutation, inversion, independent assortment, Mendel, and other biology topics."