Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has his lab work ready to turn in tomorrow. We worked on a bonus/extra credit assignment given by the instructor that covers major topics from chapters 1 and 2. He states he has read chapter 2 through (including) section 2.4. He has committed to completing the reading from chapter 2 by Thursday. We worked on the first 2 questions from the assignment (a question each from chapter). Because he doesn't have his magnifier on campus with him, he read notes from the power point on his laptop, and I read the relevant passages from the text. The first question dealt with describing how a specific species meets all the requirements of life; he chose a pine tree as his example. We finished this question relatively easily, but we had good discussion. The 2nd question came from chapter 2 the chemical basis of life. The question was about the meaning of the chemical structure of living organisms from elements through nucleic acids. He struggled a bit with elements and compounds, so we spent quite a lot of time learning about elements, compounds, and the major and minor elements and compounds in all life. It seemed at times that this was new material for him. When we completed the assignment, we again had a discussion about the importance of reading the chapter and the importance of repetition to get mastery of the information."
"For most of the session we covered biology. More specifically, we were focusing on environmental challenges, biodiversity, climate change, and the effects that humans have on their environment. The student did a quick practice quiz and then we worked through her review packet for the test that she has tomorrow. The student has an excellent grasp of all of the concepts that she can remember, but could possibly do some more reading/outlining with her textbook so that she is more familiar with all of the terminology. We also discussed a strategy that she might be able to use to help with her test anxiety. We covered geometry for a few minutes by working on some of her homework problems. She already knew exactly how to set up the problems and she was able to remember almost all of the necessary postulates and theorems to solve the proofs she was assigned. Overall, I think we will mostly need to make sure that the student is familiar with all of her biology content because once we go over a topic, she understands it well."
"Today we studied for an upcoming test, subject matter including organelles and their function for plant, animal, and bacterial cells."
"Today, we completed some trajectory/2D kinematics problems from the text. We discussed the concepts of range and complementary angles and completed an algebraic proof. We also completed some multi-part 2D motion problems. Additional materials will be added to the GD folder for practice."
"Today, we covered more in depth motion problems and equations. We continued to review motion on a horizontal plane and began reviewing problems and concepts involving vertical motion. The student wanted clarification on determining direction of acceleration and velocity, specifically, when it involves vertical motion. We also discussed variations in solving problems discussing multiple possible correct ways to solve a problem and identifying the simplest way to solve."
"Today, we covered the basics of aqueous solution chemistry. Topics included ionic compounds in solution, electrolytes, how to classify compounds as strong/weak/nonconductive in solution, and some polyatomic ions. We also reviewed some properties of specific compounds, such as HF, alcohols, and organic acids. She initially struggled with understanding how to represent a solid/liquid going into solution; she made a great deal of progress using the proper conventions after a few examples. By the end of the session, we were able to begin covering some of the material she will go over in class later this week. I left her with the task to compile of list of topics in Unit 2 so that I can provide notes for her to write and review."