Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight, the student and I spent time reading the principles of life textbook. We read chapter 38 on the circulatory system and went over his homework. Then, we covered chapter 44 on Ecology. Considering that Ecology is a low-yield concept on the AP exam, we covered the more important concepts and skimmed through some of the marginal ones. For the last hour, we reviewed PowerPoint slides on Evolution. He has a mock AP biology exam, and I believe it will be a good idea for us to review for the important chapters."
"We went through the right hand rule and various examples of it. It took a few tries, but eventually the student understood how to solve problems using the right hand rule. We also briefly discussed how and why magnets disturbed old CRT televisions, using an example of the math behind it, and also a video example."
"This was an introductory session. My goal was to establish the student's preparedness for the upcoming AP exam. Using a previously released exam, we worked through some sample problems. It is clear that she has been prepared well and has copious notes. The next step is to get her to use her knowledge base by looking at other types of information that would help her determine the better answer. We set up a strategy of looking at 10 questions per day until the exam. I urged her to brush up on geography (rivers, deserts, major bodies of water, forests) which become important background on the test. I also asked her to review energy resources, common air pollutants, and the details of the atmosphere and oceans (layers, temperature, salinity, or ozone)."
"We covered conservation of energy and linear momentum. The student understood concepts well, but should work more problems to gain confidence. She has an excellent attitude and we discussed strategies to approach problems. Overall, the session went very well."
"Today, we completed the middle section of the student's review guide for her upcoming astronomy exam. We covered the similarities and differences between the terrestrial and Jovian planets and talked about what makes Earth a habitable planet, but the others not. Finally, we talked about the Sun, its structure, and what powers the star. The student excelled at these concepts!"
"Since the student has a multiple-choice exam coming up on Monday, we focused on practice questions on nervous system organization, the endocrine system and the function and source of various hormones. We also spent some time discussing different types of muscle tissue, and the structural differences between them. She had a free-response exam this past Thursday, and says she feels that it went well."