Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Started by looking over the most recent material from Unit 7. We talked about Saturated/Unsaturated/Supersaturated solutions and how to determine which is which. We also looked at solubility curves for different substances. Remember, the line represents saturation and anything below is unsaturated and anything above is supersaturated. Dissolving a compound in solution is a type of chemical reaction and is therefore either endothermic or exothermic. Solids dissolving are often endothermic, while acids, bases, and gases are typically exothermic. The heat of solution tells us whether a reaction will be endo or exo thermic. In Unit 3 we examined the different types of solids and their bonds. Take time to understand the properties of each type of solid and bond. We can identify the different species being bonded, so we must be able to determine the type of bonds present in any species. Great work tonight and we will pick up with Unit 3 again on Wednesday."
"We went over/started membrane signaling. We started with the types of signaling channels and what passive vs primary/secondary transport is. We also covered some anatomy questions she had because she had an exam today."
"We covered Beer Lambert Law, the difference between myoglobin and hemoglobin, and the saturation curve and equation again. She has a test tomorrow in this class so we mostly reviewed as much as we could about these subjects. She was much less stressed this time than her first test. She seem to have a better grasp on these topics and enjoyed it more. She was struggling most with the difference between myoglobin and hemoglobin. I didn't go over anymore strategies but I just reminded her of some of the ones we went over in previous sessions so it would be fresh in her head."
"We covered DNA synthesis, transcription, and translation. The student needed help with keeping terms straight, so we went over that in detail. He always has a positive attitude. We worked some more on multiple-choice strategy."
"The student and I started by going over the study guide for her atomic bonding quiz. We went through each question on the study guide and I tried to make sure that she understood the conceptual reasons behind each answer. We then moved on to a review of her homework assignments on phases (solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and BCEs). We worked together to solve the problems she was having trouble with. Once she made an attempt at answering the question, I coached her on the thought process behind her answer and attempted to help her find the right answer. We worked through multiple exercises online and the homework required by her teacher. She is very bright and has a good memory. She understands all of the materials we are going over. At the end of our time together she took an online quiz on the differences between physical and chemical change."
"The student and I met to review for her science final. She has a pretty good grasp of most of the material, but we did talk through some of the reproductive health section (hormones, what they do, where they are generated) and then reviewed genetics. There were some areas that she didn't remember the details, but did remember the overall big picture ideas. So, she was going to spend a little more time before the exam reviewing details. If the exam only has questions related to the review that the teacher provided to the class, she will do well."