Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I covered phase changes, phase diagrams, and heat capacities. He showed a strong understanding of phase diagrams but was struggling with calculating the energy required for phase changes. The strategies I emphasized today dealt with setting up conversion problems and balancing units. Much of the hard work of calculating phase changes deals with using heat capacities with the correct units in the correct manner. Setting up equations to where the units work out correctly helps with this tremendously. He is getting a head start on his studying by going through homework questions early, which is great. He is staying positive, too, which helps tremendously. I think today was a great session. We covered a lot of ground, and I think he will improve with even more practice."
"Today, the student and I covered the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system in the context of blood flow and gas exchange. Despite the inherently complex nature of the topics at hand, the student was very engaged and motivated to learn the topics that have been giving her a hard time for the past few weeks. Given the difficulty of the material and dynamic nature of the flow of blood, I left her with some advice on how to contextualize our conversation with online videos, diagrams, and her very own mind maps."
"Today, the student and I covered the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, thermodynamics and application of various equations, chemical equilibrium involving anomers, Chargaff's rules, and DNA transcription and translation. She had a very strong grasp on these concepts and only needed help with the process of working with various equations. We will be in contact after a few days to set up our next lesson!"
"Today, the student and I discussed synaptic transmission and a brief overview of the endocrine system. Our discussion included, but was certainly not limited to the following, presynaptic vs. postsynaptic cells, the content and role of synaptic vesicles, the synaptic cleft, voltage-gated channels vs. ligand-gated channels, breakdown of neurotransmitter in the synaptic cleft, the four basic types of hormones, and common diseases associated with particular neurotransmitters. As always, I look forward to working with her again soon!"
"Today, the student and I examined the concepts of angular force and torque and how they would be applied in a variety of problems. We discussed the material from the last test and will review it in more depth once she gets it back. Since she is approaching the end of her semester, we have planned to begin reviewing the entire material for the class to start preparing her for her final."
"Today, the student and I focused on two geometry proof problems. These were designed by her teacher to be especially difficult. We did make good progress on each of the problems by uncovering many similar and congruent triangles and testing multiple hypotheses. The goal is to have them complete by the time she turns these in on Wednesday. Tomorrow, we will focus on physics, particularly the content from her second test, which covered projectile motion."