Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed for the student's test - we covered reaction rates, Chemical Equilibrium, Le Chatelier's principle. We reviewed some techniques for using a table (initial, change, equilibrium) to determine concentrations at chemical equilibrium and we talked about the difference between Q and K and what this tells you about the direction a reaction will proceed in order to reach equilibrium. He had a few questions about setting up the ICE tables. He knows what he is doing and is pretty comfortable with the concepts."
"I was able to help the student go over a couple of questions from 3rd chapter in his Genetic text book. More importantly, I hope to have helped him with the approach. He definitely took time to review and understand and is receptive. I have asked him to review other questions in the chapter and get back to me before next session."
"The student and I reviewed the multiple choice portion of her final exam during this session. He did very well on the written portion of the exam. His class is now done learning new material and is strictly focusing on preparing for the AP exam in May. We came up with a plan for how we will tackle reviewing for the exam."
"She and I had a final review for her test. We went over many of the concepts we reviewed in the previous lesson, such as oxidation states, Gibbs free energy, galvanic cells, and electrolytic cells. She and I both agreed it would've helped had we started meeting earlier in the unit, and that is precisely what we intend to do for future units."
"She and I had two successful sessions over the past two days. We went over a number of programming concepts, such as function calls (including transfer of variables, for loops, while loops, and initial values). Specific to Matlab, she learned to use ode45, double, int, syms, plot, and many others. She calculated the solutions necessary in her problem sets and graphed them in formatted figures. She was able to complete her problem set today in time for the deadline. This assignment asked her and her classmates to do moderately advanced Matlab coding, and the teacher declined to go over these concepts during the lecture period. She did a great job and came a long way in her coding skills."
"She and I reviewed her notes from the previous week, which were mainly about cellular organelles and endosymbiotic theory. She seemed to be having a tough day and wasn't very enthusiastic about tutoring, especially at the beginning of our session. So I took some time to talk to her about what was bothering her. She got an 82% on her Unit 1 Bio test. She told me that she has been getting so much advice about test-taking, but she thinks that none of it really works because she hears so many different things from different people. I advised her to maybe pick one strategy and work with it for two weeks before deciding whether or not she liked or didn't like that strategy. If a strategy isn't working, drop it and try another for a few weeks. She is trying so hard to do well that I think she is trying to do too many things at once."