Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"COVERED: we discussed bioredox reactions. We started by defining ox. state vs. formal charge. We then discussed bioredox in terms of C, H, and O. We discussed beta-oxidation of fatty acids, moved on to flavin hydride carriers, then discussed the yields from central metabolism. We discussed the pathways of glycolysis and the ETC. We then moved on to the Krebs cycle and glycogen metabolism. PROGRESS/CHALLENGES: the student took to oxidation like a fish to water, which made most of the rest of the lesson easy. He needed a framework to analyze pathways top-down to focus on testable chemistry, but he greatly appreciated my input on that matter."
"We spent the first hour giving her a preview of the first law of thermodynamics and thermochemistry, which she will cover over the next week. I answered her questions on the content she covered last week, heat and temperature and ideal gas and kinetic theory."
"We specifically covered how to attack passages efficiently and not waste time on extra details. We also covered predicting answer choices and paraphrasing difficult paragraphs. The student is having the most trouble with timing, so we discussed ways she can possibly go faster."
"We've continued reviewing difficult humanities passages. Each session, I locate a few new ones, and we discuss them. The student is doing well. We've also continued our timing exercises. She found the homework helpful, so I will assign more. She seems to feel that the format at present is helpful, so we will continue with it."
"The student and I met to review electrochemistry and circuits. We spent the first half hour of our session going through an electrostatics/ electromagnetism subject test I had given her last Saturday; the passages in this test were very challenging. In working through the more challenging questions together, I was able to calm her nerves a bit and remind her that the practice materials are often far more difficult than what comes up on the actual exams. I gave her two more subject tests after this session, but said if they felt too challenging to let me know so that I could give her different review materials to work with from here on out. Although she didn't feel confident with the electrochemistry material (mostly batteries) to begin with, she picked up the material quickly. I tried to emphasize the relationships between the electrochemistry and the electrostatics and circuits material we'd reviewed in physics to help give her a good conceptual understanding of the topic. We didn't have as much time with the circuit material as I'd hoped, but we were able to go through all of the main equations and rules used to solve circuit problems and to apply them to a number of discrete questions together. She also seemed to pick this material up quickly. We're planning to spend our fifth session on phases/ phase changes and light/ optics."
"We covered leftover questions from Magnetism and Circuits, as well as Light/Optics content and practice problems. We also reviewed strategies for Orgo studying."