Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we mostly went over the natural sciences section of the health occupations aptitude test with particular focus on biology. She did well in general in biology and chemistry. I supplemented each question with quick related concept-reviews from the book and organized a few tables for her, including biological polymers and macromolecules. For chemistry, we discussed when and how hydrogen ions are relevant to acids and bases as well as pH value. Finally, we decided to do the spelling section and the non-verbal section, which she pretty much aced. We did review spatial orientation and recognizing patterns, and she should have no trouble at all with this section. We will put more focus into the math, natural sciences, and the English section. I assigned her a few questions from math and a few chapters for biology to read until I see her again next Monday."
"The student's class is still discussing simple harmonic motion, so today we did some more problems regarding oscillating systems. He and I discussed some basics for approaching physics problems. Specifically, I suggested that he should always start a problem by drawing a detailed diagram. The next step is to determine what core concept should be used to answer the question. I recommended that he start by trying to use conservation of energy or momentum, which is a particularly effective starting point for simple harmonic motion. We also discussed our plan for reviewing older material and I have asked him to organize his materials for next week. I specifically asked him to have any graded tests and quizzes together, and if I can gain access to a fax machine this week, I will have him fax them to me."
"This was my first session with the student, to help her with studying for an exam in organic chemistry that she has on Friday. The night before, she sent over copies of the review problems that were assigned by her professor, specifically ones that she wanted to review. The first section was from chapter 14 of her textbook. We went over nomenclature (briefly), nucleophilic additions, and epoxide formation and breakage. She became more confident in suggesting answers as we continued. We continued through Wittig reactions. A similar procedure followed for Grignard reagents. During our session, and especially after, I stressed the importance of constant review, especially with the use of flash cards to reinforce memorization and for fast reference of reagents, which is essential for closed note tests. I believe that with rigorous review of the materials, notes and textbook, she should be able to pass this test with a decent grade. I do not feel that regular (weekly) meetings would be needed, but that good study practices combined with further tutoring before future tests would not be remiss."
"The student and I refreshed on finding orders of reactions and covered determining activation energy of exothermic and endothermic reactions."
"Today we reviewed the student's homework assignment on carbohydrates, and we carefully outlined a study plan for her test next Wednesday. She takes very detailed notes, and is very good with staying on top of the material. She also has two practice exams, which I suggested she use to guide her preparation for the days leading up to the test. We will meet again on Monday to solidify some concepts that may be shaky."
"The student worked through most of her 2-D kinematics homework. She has a very good grasp of the material and the process for working through the problems. She needs a nudge in the right direction on harder problems, but she is doing very well. She is confident with vectors and is able to organize information efficiently with 2-D problems. For complex problems, she sometimes has trouble seeing how parts of the problem connect, but with a little guidance she tends to see the connection and understand how to use it."