Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a packet of old AP Chemistry questions and we were able to complete most of the packet together. The student's biggest challenge is working carefully and focusing. She understands the material. I am impressed with what she knows, and I remind her to slow down and work through each step of the problem carefully."
"Reviewed some Geometry, and then reviewed for upcoming AP Biology test on photosynthesis and cellular respiration."
"Today the student and I covered only two topics. First we revisited unit conversions. I started off with some easy practice problems to get him warmed up. He was doing well until he ran into confusion with concepts of multiple units (ex. speed, density). These units had two sets of units such as miles per hour. He was unsure how to successfully cross out the correct units in the numerator and denominator. The student voiced his confusion and I tried to make the Math as simple as possible. We made great progress by the 45 minute mark. I think that he feels more confident in being able to translate word problems to mathematical problems in terms of converting units. We then moved onto moles which still posed a bit of confusion. We continued to work on it for 15 more minutes and I think the student has a full understanding of working with moles. This is a big improvement and he should be proud. Next, he showed me his method of drawing Lewis Dot Structures of molecules. I corrected a few minor definitions and further explained what a bond was and why the octet rule exists. Lastly, the student wanted to spend 10 minutes or so asking broader questions such as "how is physics related to chemistry?" We also talked about different applications of chemistry which I think intrigued him. Great session in my opinion."
"I had the student review different kinds of weak acid problems. He had no problems adjusting to the different scenarios and each problems and I feel that he is ready for any problems he may encounter in his tests."
"We reviewed for the student's test in Molecular Biology. We covered transcription and translation in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Additionally, we touched on classic experiments, including Beadle and Tatum, Hershey and Chase, Avery and Griffith, Chargaff, and Watson and Crick. I introduced concepts in epigenetics as well. She followed concepts easily when I introduced them."
"The student and I worked through questions in his chemistry book covering acids, bases, and equilibrium constants. He understands the concepts very well, but was having difficulty applying them to questions requiring calculations. I showed him how I would solve the problem, including writing down all the relevant information they give you and the standard formulas before working on the problems. By the end of the session, he was much more confident in his abilities."