Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first meeting with the student. She definitely knew what she wanted out of our session before I arrived. We covered a spread of topics she wanted to review, particularly reaction types and redox, equilibrium equations, and some significant figures. We also touched on energy diagrams, Le Chatelier's principle, and scientific notation. I feel that she gained the most from our work with the underlying concepts of general chemistry. We also downloaded an app for unit conversions (metric to U.S.) onto her calculator. I was impressed with how quick the student is, and how she seemed to "know what she didn't know," which made tutoring her very easy. She takes good notes and questions her test answers, which made using these materials also very easy. I am confident that she will be able to excel in her current course with my knowledge at her disposal. Going forward, I will try to direct our discussions toward the biochemistry end of things, as this is most relevant to her goal to become a nurse. It helps that we share a fascination with enzymes!"
"I met the student for the first time today, and I spent the first part of the session getting to know her, learning about her situation and trying to determine where she needed help in chem and physics. She is currently taking physics and struggling a bit early on, and she also has a cumulative chemistry exam coming up to prepare for. She has all her chemistry notes and a few review books from her parents, so we began with those. After the introduction, we jumped right into her notes and found an unfinished worksheet with balancing equations. She confessed that she was weak on this subject so I thought this was a good place to start. We worked through these, and I gave her some tricks to balance the equations more efficiently. She was excellent at naming the types of reactions and seems to remember a good amount of the chemistry for her exam. We also touched on a bit of physics, and we will continue that next week. It is important that she masters the basic concepts of distance, speed and acceleration and how they are related. She left the session with a better understanding than when we started. For next time, we will be able to start working through the review books, and she also mentioned her school is having chem review sessions starting in a couple weeks and she will bring the worksheets from that course to help guide our focus."
"We covered the outline that I made for chapter 3 of the physiology text. I answered the student's questions and submitted many questions for her to review. For our next session, I will have answered all the questions for unit 2 that the student's teacher has given to the class for review. The student will also do them on her own. We will compare our answers at the next session. We will also review the outline I will prepare on the rest of chapter 3 and the assigned portion of chapter 4. Finally, we will review and answer any questions she may have on the material for her test Wednesday."