Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He stated he had issues with Pre AP World Geography, Biology, and Algebra 1. He is currently on the African unit in World Geo and states he has problems with the classwork and not so much on the tests. I brought along with me a World Geography textbook to fill in the gaps with any questions he had. We moved along to Algebra where he has been currently doing problems on elimination/substitution since the beginning of the school year. He is very good with arithmetic and can spot a mistake easily. We finished the session and the remaining 30 minutes with Biology: covering the topics of genetics and evolution. He seems to be having trouble with the vocabulary words and what the concepts mean. Overall, he has a good understanding of what needs to be done and seems willing to do what it takes to get it done. A weak point I noticed is that he does not speak up to ask me what certain words mean and goes along with the session; I picked up on his lack of understanding and will continue to make progress during sessions to not be so shy. We wrapped up the remaining 30 minutes with Student 2, who is currently learning fractional multiplication and division as well as finding the least common denominator. We went over homework where I spotted about 3 mistakes where she actually did more work than she was supposed to, due to her not reading the question carefully and understanding what it is asking. I could tell right away she was a bright student and is very articulate with her words and willingness to learn."
"Today we reviewed DNA replication, protein synthesis and prokaryotes. We applied the review materials to a bacterial plasmid conjugation laboratory investigation. We spent a large chunk of time reading the lab background and identifying terms that he has struggled with. We discussed terms like genetic engineering, plasmid, gene expression, and related all of these terms to how plasmids can be used to genetically alter the gene expression in organisms. We then focused on the learning objectives listed in the lab, and read through the rest of the activity to develop an understanding of these objectives. We then analyzed the data that he had collected. He had already read the lab activity, but really struggled. When he reads in the future he should take notes (like he did with me today) and prepare questions for his teacher for class."
"Today we started on the new biology material for the next test, which covers the digestive and excretory systems. We completed the chapter 38 reading guide and we discussed the function of all the different parts of the digestive and excretory systems. We also did some work on geometry. It was a great session."
"The student and I had a good session. She is working on solubility problems. We worked through several questions dealing with solubility. We also looked at some tougher questions talking about complex ion formation. Finally, we wrapped up by reviewing a test question dealing with partial pressure equilibriums. "
"The student and I reviewed a practice test for his physics course and upcoming test (the next day). The problems covered were vectors (velocity, displacement) and scalar quantities (speed, distance); definition and application of time-weighted average velocity and speed; one-dimensional kinematic equations for one-dimensional motion undergoing constant acceleration; two-dimensional, projectile-type situations, solved using two-dimensional kinematics equations; velocity-time graphs and finding distance by calculating the "area under the curve," or the velocity graph; and use of the kinematic equation relating constant acceleration (or deceleration), distance (to change speeds, or come to a stop), and the square of the final and initial speeds. I felt good about his grasp of the concepts and his ability to work through the problems, identifying the target to solve and the steps to take to solve for it. His math skills were also quite sharp (after just the slightest refreshing)."
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming exam. We reviewed assigning oxidation states as well as producing reactions and solubility rules. We also reviewed titrations and how to solve for molarity and moles. We then switched over to thermodynamics, where we reviewed how we learn the heat transfer in a reaction in both types of calorimeters. She was very in tune with everything today."