Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She did excellent work today. We worked through transport across membranes, including different modes of transport and different types of gradients. These are some of the trickiest concepts in the course. We used the whiteboard to illustrate concepts, and she was able to apply these to her homework beautifully."
"She has a test tomorrow, and she wanted to meet for some review before her exam. She had a review packet that covered practice problems dealing with constant velocity on position v. time and velocity v. time graphs. She was primarily independent and able to get to the right answers on her own with limited input from me. She did have a question about the distance traveled by the objects in question and when to take the intersect into consideration because of a recent quiz, but I was able to clarify by using the formulas and presenting the contrasting examples to her. We later worked on some word problems to get her more comfortable with drawing the graphs on her own when presented a word problem. Overall, she did very well when working on her own, and I expect her to do well on her exam tomorrow."
"She has an exam coming up this week on Thursday. We used worksheets provided by her teacher to practice various conversion exercises (moles to grams and vice versa). Additionally, we also covered precipitation exercises, which involved writing and balancing equations. She understands new concepts quickly and will be continuing her practice with these exercises."
"She is expected to have a quiz this Tuesday on genetics in her class which became the main focus on our first session. We got a little more acquainted on more details of a typical class day and expectations of her teacher. She wanted to review the concepts and have several explained more in detail. I provided a practice test with answer keys, and she was glad to have something to test her knowledge. She said she felt better and more confident after knowing she was able to answer the majority of the practice questions correctly. She seems to like to have this validation, which I will continue to provide in our future sessions."
"She is preparing for her impending test. We reviewed and categorized nomenclature and worked on Molar Mass. Outside of this, she is soft on Chapter 5 and 6, nuclear particles, and chemical characteristics. She's still in a good spot to catch up and have a strong finish. We talked about using her visual learning style to her advantage and bringing some color and themes into her study and organizational management of the material. The brains and the desire are there; she just needs to up the game a bit for a solid win."
"She needed help with a redox stoichiometry problem, which required her to add together 3 equations which successively reduced a vanadium oxide down to vanadium +2. By adding the equations together it was clear that it took 3 Zn to completely reduce 2 VO2+ down to V+2. Given a molarity and volume for the starting VO2+ I showed her how to use the "box" to keep track of her units as she did the problem, and advised her to always run it through her calculator twice (because it's a terrible thing to have it set up right and blow it on a keystroke). She understood it and liked the technique."