Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over prokaryotes vs eukaryotes, archaebacteria vs eubacteria, the structure of a eukaryotic cell, the structure of a eubacteria cell, gram + vs gram - bacteria, bacterial genetic recombination, the structure of the cell membrane and its proteins; the structure of DNA, RNA, and proteins; DNA replication, transcription, and translation."
"The student and I reviewed the every things from mirrors and used that as a jump of point for lenses. After we dissected concave and convex lenses, we covered an example that used multiple lenses. We then went over an example that reviewed some geometry and used Snell's law. We then discussed the plans for preparing for the AP physics exam. We will review last years free response section, and then start in on the review of electromagnetic induction, and some modern physics that will be on the AP exam. After that all we should have left is review of material for the AP exam. He said he would likely get some sort of work book to help review for the exam from his teacher. The plans for sessions in the two weeks leading up to the exam would be to go over questions he was stuck on."
"Tonight we started chapter 32- digestion and nutrition. We moved through a good amount of types of diets, intra/extracellular digestion, types of feeders, and types of feeding strategies. The student is continuing to improve her test scores and has a test one week from tomorrow. We will meet again on Weds. to cover more material. I will be sending her additional practice as well. As always, she was a pleasure and positive tonight."
"We covered electrochemistry, including voltaic (galvanic) cell, reduction potentials, parts of a galvanic cell and how to label anode, cathode, oxidation, reduction, etc., and started to learn how to balance non-trivial redox equations. She was very fast and attentive as we worked, and seemed to understand my description of the topics and process of solving very well. Often it is typical at the college level that the professor is mainly using jargon and moving very fast, so I'm glad to help clear up some of the foggy, half understood topics, because now it will be all the easier to master the difficult topics. I recommended additional sessions this week, and she chose to schedule two appointments once it was clear we had lots to cover. Excellent progress and insight from her made the session enjoyable and less Socratic."
"Today's session was a quick overview of organic chemistry and biochemistry. We covered nomenclature, functional groups, polymerization, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, DNA replication, and protein synthesis."
"We covered topics in magnetism, in preparation for a test coming up. There were questions of several types - mostly conceptual. The challenge was for the student to get hold of how the various factors interplay to create magnetic fields, etc."