Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test this week so we went over the three chapters that the test will cover. It was a repeat of the topic of last week's session. He seems to getting the hang of the subject, and understands the principles quite well."
"We started today's class by reviewing the student's most recent quiz. His scores are rising. After reviewing his quiz, we did a couple short timed drills. The purpose of these drills is to streamline his problem solving technique while minimizing simple mistakes. After 3 short drills, we switched gears to more complex problems with more elaborate scenarios involving acceleration and components. This was a bit tricky for him but by the end of the session, he seemed to be grasping the concepts."
"Today the student and I went over his last test. After that we were able to cover two chapters of material for his upcoming test on Monday (on Snell's law and Refraction/Reflection). I am meeting with him again on Sunday to review for the test as a whole."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed for a biology test that she has coming up. We used a guide to go through all the test material and review the concepts. The test covered genetics, Punnett squares, and the inheritance of disorders. She was a bit confused on nondisjunction, but when we went through it on a diagram, that cleared things up for her. For the next part of the session, we worked on her math quiz which was over probability and Venn diagrams."
"In our session on 4/26 we went over Newton's Law of Gravitation. The mathematical formula that describes Newton's Law of Gravitation is remarkably similar to Coulomb's Law in electrostatics, so the student was able to work with it pretty well. The notion of spherical symmetry is key to both the gravitational field and the electric field, so I went through some mathematical tricks to show him the connection between concentric spheres and field density in space."
"The student and I continued to prepare for her exam that has now been scheduled for Wednesday. We spent most of our time covering types of synapses, synaptic transmission, and neurotransmitter synthesis and storage. Our next session will be Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30, and we will complete our review of the remaining test material."
"We covered several of the molecular biology techniques that will be on her test, including PCR, DNA sequencing, and gel electrophoresis, and went over the questions from her assignment for the chapter."
"This session largely focused on reviewing three things: (1) how Eukaryotic cells distribute proteins via the Golgi apparatus; (2) what the function of some organelles were - such as lysosomes, peroxisomes, mitochondria, and smooth/rough ER; (3) and how the cytoskeleton works. No scores were observed as this session mostly focused on reviewing material as opposed to going over an assignment or practice exam. She seemed to be struggling with understanding how phagocytosis and autophagy play a roll in the cell, but near the end of the session she had a better understanding and was able to describe the process on her own. She does have a practice exam that she said she will look over more on her own."
"We worked on projectile motion from handouts she had, also from the online website. She asked me to make some more examples so I did and worked those out. We then started working on dynamics with objects connected to pulleys. She seems to be doing good."
"The student has another gene portfolio presentation coming up next week, so we spent a considerable amount of time preparing. She got 10/10 on her last presentation. We also talked about the final. She is getting comfortable with gene databases and other online resources."
"We covered Hess's Law and Gibbs Free Energy concepts. She has a test tomorrow, so we went over a practice exam she has. She was struggling with some of the mathematical concepts, but she seems to have a better grasp after our session."
"The student was continuing work with uniform circular motion and gravitation, and problems that dealt with both. There is still a lot of material to master, but he seemed to be getting more comfortable with additional experience as we went along. I think he will be able to do a lot of good work on his upcoming exam."