Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Discussed Gibbs Free Energy and Internal Energy and related physics concepts as they would related to the generation time and temperature and the directionality principle and second law of thermodynamics content. Its discussed in Demetrius' article "Directionality principles in thermodynamics and evolution.""
"Today we spent most of the time on his math homework. We went over adding and subtracting negative and positive numbers which was a double sided worksheet. He seems to understand the concept behind the math but I feel he should get a little more practice so we will see if he gets more homework on the topic and if not I will go ahead and assign more practice problems from the book. We finished the session by reviewing the science section on cellular transport which he understands very well."
"Today the student made very good progress on her Science material.. We completed two entire units, on the Respiratory and Urinary systems of the bodies. We are ahead of our original schedule that I worked out with the student's mother, where we were to complete 1 unit each week for Language Arts, Math and Science."
"The student and I had a great session studying diffusion, osmosis, photosynthesis, and respiration for her science test on Friday. She initially was very concerned about these subjects because her teacher had gone over them very quickly in class, but she had a lot of "ah-hah" moments during our session and I think she was really understanding the big picture concepts on more than a "memorization only" level by the end."
"The student worked on his homework involving conversions from metric to other unit/system or vice versa using conversions factors. He was very good at setting up and correctly calculating conversions, I showed him the importance of canceling units in numerator with same unit in denominator for a multi-step conversion such as from years to days to hours to minutes to seconds. He said he had done well on his recent math test and he also completed his math homework from textbook involving the write up of an expression based on word description. He picked up this concept very well. He gets new math problems very quickly."
"The student is currently on a chapter covering geological erosion. She has a homework due tomorrow so we went over the corresponding section and I outlined the material in the textbook that she would need for the homework assignment. We worked through the more analytical portion of the homework during the session so I could help with any questions she had in that regard. She seems to understand the material very well."
"The student and I worked on both math and science during this session. We worked on the sound chapter of her extracurricular science textbook. We reviewed all of the questions in the chapter, and discussed other facts about sound (instruments, sonar, etc.). We also worked on 3 chapters of the extra-curricular math textbook, mostly focusing on variables and solving equations. We did many from the book, as well as some stretch problems. The goal of the session was to help her with these two subjects. She seemed to understand the material very well."
"Today the student and I worked on his science and social studies homework. Science was a work sheet on the functions of the cardiovascular system. We also studied for his social studies test. I think he's ready."
"Today we completed a worksheet dealing with modes, medians, and means. We then studied chapter 5 section 1 of her science textbook in preparation for her exam on Thursday. We reviewed Punnett squares and other genetic topics."
"We started thinking about what types of problems will be on the student's exam on Tuesday, and did a long problem involving linear dielectrics in a parallel plate capacitor. I told him to pick some practice problems that we can work on Sunday, and during that session we can try to address any additional questions he may have."
"We covered section 3, chapter 8 from the student's science. We conducted about a 15 minute review of all of Chapter 8, as she has a test coming up. We also spent about 20 minutes going over her grammar work; the topics were appositives and words used as nouns and verbs. The student needed to finish the rest of those two worksheets on her own. She will follow up with her Science teacher tomorrow to find out when her Science test is. We will conduct a review for her Science test during the week the night before the test."
"We did some review for the student's upcoming exam. We effectively reviewed many of the previous topics such as source transformations, nodal analysis, loop analysis, and combining resistances. He seems to be understanding the material very well. I have no concerns for this session. He also has plenty of work to practice."