Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to review reaction types for his exam the following day. We went over a worksheet his teacher gave him and found his problem areas. We found his problem was that he went too quickly sometimes and didn't balance the equations properly. I also noticed a problem that was exactly the same as one we did on Sunday that he did very quickly previously but then said it was too hard. I told him not to lose confidence in his ability to do these problems since he knew how to do them very well and only his confidence was different. He agreed he needed to make sure he was balancing correctly and said that is what he will look out for on the exam."
"This session with the student started by working on a biology lab assignment. We discussed each part of an experimental write-up and he added some additional slides to the slides that he had already completed. I also helped him to dig deeper in his conclusion section by asking him thought provoking questions. Since his lab assignment was on fermentation, we discussed the difference between fermentation and cellular respiration. Afterwards, we discussed the three main steps of cellular respiration including glycolysis, the Krebs Cycle, and the electron transport chain. We discussed the importance of each step and how many ATP molecules were produced in each step. We will work on drawing out each of these steps in the next tutoring session. We also went through and reviewed the student's latest Algebra exam. We worked out each of the problems that he got incorrect and made sure he knew why there were incorrect and how to solve them correctly in the future. The student has a chance to retake this exam, and after going through the difficult problems, he felt more confident about the retake. I gave him some tips on graphing equations."
"We continued reviewing for the student's exam on Monday. We started work with enzyme kinetics. We discussed mechanisms of enzyme inhibition, as well as numerous ways you can alter the activity of an enzyme. I kept asking her questions that I think her professor will ask. We also spent a fair amount of time covering mechanisms of TPI. Then we went over intermediates and transition states and what the implication of each of those compounds in relation to the kinetics of a reaction. Overall, she is getting the material down very well."