Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over material for her exam on Friday. She was not exactly clear how to do double displacement problems and how to figure out solubility states since she missed a day of school. I walked her through the solubility rules and how to do double displacement problems, and she picked up on them very quickly. She was able to write the molecular, complete ionic, and net ionic equations for double displacement problems by the end of the session. We are meeting again on Thursday to review for her exam on Friday."
"The student and I went through several exercises on the topic of the various methods of inheritance (sex linked, codominance). We then started work on the structure of DNA."
"We went over solving problems in Physics involving work and mechanical energy. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated that he was able to solve the problems correctly."
"This past Sunday, the student and I covered topics in her high school Biology course. She is preparing for a test today, and we had to make the most of our time together. First, we went over questions that she had prepared. These questions included membrane proteins, biochemical reactions such as conversion between ATP, ADP and AMP or cAMP, phosphate intermediates, co-enzymes and second messengers. She is a strong student who is adept with her study skills. She was already utilizing online videos, so we further supplemented the session with more videos and dialogue. Afterwards, I made a quick review sheet on the more ambiguous topics and difficult questions. Overall, the session went well, and I am hopeful that she will be very successful on this and other tests!"
"Today, we began with a review of material covered in the last section; specifically, cell membranes and the process of osmosis. Since the student had no new class material, we then proceeded to cover material from her last exam: the macromolecules, lipids, prokaryotes v eukaryotes, etc.. I introduced the material and then later asked her about it. At the end of the session, I had her draw a cell membrane with its component parts to ensure that important material is being codified in memory."
"Today, we covered cellular organization. We started with a general outline of a biological hierarchy covering (atoms --> molecules --> macromolecules --> organelles --> cells). We discussed the structural differences between plant and animal cells, roles of various organelles, and the difference between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We discussed strategies for reading the textbook and note-taking. He and I read the book material covering mitochondria and took notes independently. We then compared notes and talked about reading for understanding and active engagement with the text. His notes included the important material, and I encouraged him to try to organize the info into an outline as he reads. I asked him to take handwritten notes as he reads over the next few days and to bring them to our next meeting. I also suggested he revisit material that he did not read thoroughly over the past week."