Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session was focused on both reviewing the material from yesterday, and continuing our studies of antibacterial agents. We covered the following topics: first - fourth generation penicillins, high-yield details for each generation, cephalosporins, monobactams, carapenems, and beta-lactamse inhibitors & their combination drugs (augmenting), quinolones, aminoglycosides, and tetracyclines. Since this is an incredible amount of material, we studied each topic and noted the most important notes in a study guide type format. Hopefully, she can use the review material and outlines we made to keep the material fresh in her mind for Thursday's exam."
"During this session, the student and I covered adrenal hormones and principles of antimicrobial therapy. She reports that after reviewing the hypothalamus/pituitary gland material, things are starting to come together for her. I definitely noticed during this session that we were having more of a conversation about the material than we had been previously, and she correctly answered several of my questions. She is still a bit intimidated by the amount of material that will be on the final but reports that she does feel better about it all than she did a few weeks ago. With a couple of sessions, I think she will be well prepared for the last few weeks of the semester."
"Today we covered a homework assignment that the student finished. She wanted to get a stronger feel for it. We also went over a review sheet for this past section on vector cosines, forces, loads, moments, moments about an axis, couples, and center of action. She is doing very well."
"The student and I worked on the outline for his astrophysics paper for which a first draft is due at the end of the week. He has been keeping up with the reading and I gave him a timeline to have his paper written."
"Today we reviewed the student's test, which mostly covered balancing forces and moments in 2D and 3D and finding equivalent forces and moments about a point from a system of forces. We also talked briefly about geometric methods for summing vectors, but we will mostly be using vector components."
"For today's session, we covered antithrombotic drugs. We first went over the physiology associated with bleeding and anticoagulation, beginning with the coagulation cascade and then onto fibrinolysis. It's important to understand some of the physiology before going into the drug therapies. We then went on to discuss the various drug classes, mechanisms of action, indications, and side effects. I provided the student with a review PowerPoint with some new diagrams to help in her exam preparation!"
"We worked through some machine problems where the goal is to analyze the static equations of each element of the machine. The student seemed to follow very well and responds very well to following example problems. She is getting very good at figuring out the equations of static equilibrium but can still use some work properly drawing the free body diagrams; we will continue to work on this next time."
"We started the session covering adding and subtracting positive and negative fractions with a common denominator. We'll continue our practice with adding and subtracting with negative numbers. I gave him some rules to follow when doing the problems and hopefully he can integrate it into his practice. We finished the session with a science section and workbook questions then read an article on therapies discussing the article."
"The student's test in science is on Friday. We again went over the areas she was concerned about: compound machines and calculations. By the end of the session, the student was feeling more confident in taking the test."
"Today, we covered acids and bases and the major differences between them. The student now understands that acids are sour, reactive with metals, can be identified with indicators and are good conductors of electricity. He also understands that bases are bitter, slippery, can be identified with indicators and conductors of electricity. The student was able to verbally summarize this difference between acids and bases, in addition to providing examples of the uses of acids and bases. He understands that they sometimes have similar uses. We worked on the usage of the pH scale and identified a few common materials and their position on the scale."
"Yesterday, the student and I finished the review for his science final. We went over all the concepts that he covered this semester, including motion and force, electromagnetic waves, and the universe and its components. He is well prepared and I am sure that he will have a very high grade. Also, he got back his last exam, on which he scored a 90!"
"We continued our reading of the Einstein Relativity book, up to chapter 5. We also discussed Cronbach's Alpha, centripetal and centrifugal force, the law of inertia, Heisenberg uncertainty, and various other things."