Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over two problem sets regarding thermodynamics at equilibrium to prepare for the student's test. We also did some extra problems from the AP book."
"A majority of our session was spent reviewing chemistry for the student's test the next day. The test covers the Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion theory, drawing Lewis structures, and determining the shape and bond angles for various compounds. We completed some worksheets and discussed the material conceptually. At the end of our chemistry work, the student said she felt much better about it and that in fact, working with VSEPR was relatively easy. We then spent about a half hour on geometry and heavily focused on determining the relationships between the sides of a larger triangle split into two, similar triangles. We reviewed how to properly write the similarity statements that applied to these problems and then completed examples that asked us to find certain variables. The student seemed very confident and was certainly proficient at completing the skills in this unit. At the time of our session, she did not know when their next geometry test is but we are meeting Sunday evening."
"I met the student for the first time today. We went over his syllabus and what is expected for his course. He brought up several subjects that were troubling him, especially electron configurations and Lewis dot diagrams. We will make extra time to focus on these areas in the next session."
"We covered cell organelles, types of cells, and cell membrane. We also covered a little bit of solving angles for geometry. The student was struggling the most with solving angles. He was positive towards the material that was reviewed. I gave him tips on solving angles and a lot of detail about cells. I did not leave him with extra practice. There were no scores to note progress. He is doing pretty well in both classes. The tutoring sessions are helping him understand the concepts."
"We covered cellular transport mechanisms (active transport, passive transport, bulk transport) and the basics of cellular chemistry and diffusion. The student was eager to learn and enjoyed the material, although not necessarily the additional tedium of academy (multiple quizzing websites, daily roll etc.). He had a strong ability to conceptualize. He could benefit from emphasizing on producing testable results and being sure to hone and fine-tune what he learns, although he'll likely be able to succeed in his current class regardless. Building a strong set of learning skills could set him up for success down the road!"
"We covered general movement of particles in solution: diffusion, concentration gradient, solute, solvent, etc. The student follows the logic of the concepts well, as long as he knows what each word in the material means. I left him with the task of reviewing the words and phrases that his assignments use to explain key concepts."