Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over chemistry of life, reviewed carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids today. Then we moved on to organic compounds, and reviewed in detail the structure, chemical and biological properties of carbohydrates"
"The student had a lecture on cell division and mitosis on Monday and is "very lost". He has not missed any classes. He said he did get a lot of studying done. He has turned in all of his labs to date. He also has turned in all of his abstracts including this week on crocodiles. The lab this week was on physical traits/characteristics of people and it is completed. We spent all of our study time today on cell division; briefly on prokaryotic cell division, and asexual reproduction, and then studied the basic steps of cell division of plant and animal cells. The student realizes there is a large amount of material to remember and that he will need a great amount of study time to do well on this unit. He understands the concepts."
"At today's session, we covered Energy and Metabolism. We discussed the definitions of metabolism, energy, entropy, and discussed the different types of energy that exist: free energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, thermal energy, and chemical energy. We then discussed the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics. We discussed Gibbs Free Energy, Entropy, Enthalpy, Activation Energy, Enzymes, and discussed endergonic and exergonic reactions. We discussed that exergonic reactions are spontaneous and that they give off energy. We discussed that endergonic reactions are nonspontaneous and require energy. We then did several practice questions on this material. He did very well on these. Additionally, I skimmed the relevant chapter in his textbook and quizzed him on various bold terms and important concepts from it. He received a test back and got an 88 on it, his highest score to date. He also had a lab practical and scored an 85% on it."
"We worked through the student's Biology homework, which was a list of questions about the structure and function of cells. Topics we covered included organelle function, cytoskeleton structure, and the nature of nucleic acids and hereditary material. The student has a solid understanding of the concepts, but I would like to build his memorization of the material before his next exam."
"We worked through the student's homework. We covered centripetal forces, circular motion, and the universal Law of Gravitation. She stated that she understood what we covered and felt prepared for her exam tomorrow."
"We worked through the student's physics assignment and covered some history at the end. He is working on force equations. He is understanding the material in physics, but the hardest part is understanding what the question is asking and figuring out how to set up the force diagram and deciding what formulas to use. He should be careful and make sure to include units on all of his physics work because physics teachers are very picky and will not hesitate to deduct points if an answer is not labeled. We went over some history concepts at the end, and we may meet again on Sunday evening before his U.S. history exam on Monday."