Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a Lab quiz in a week so we went over the list of minerals that the instructor had given the class. I brought along several books that listed mineral properties and showed good color photos. We went over these and the student seemed to have a good idea of the subject matter."
"For our first lesson, I wanted to gauge the student's strengths and weaknesses while at the same time getting to know him. We went through the material on his old exams to make sure that he understood all the problems. After going through that, we did some basic review of certain topics that I felt he seemed to find challenging, such as memorizing tricky equations, tricks for setting up problems, factor labeling, etc. He quickly corrected any shortcomings he had on his previous exam during this review, and it showed that he really learned from his mistakes. For the remainder of the session, I let him ask questions about topics he found challenging that we hadn't covered."
"Today we started a new topic: simple harmonic motion. This topic can be difficult to grasp, however the student took to it with ease. We covered both the mathematical form and physical application of this topic. He has not received his last test grade on thermo yet. I left him with several problems from my old text."
"For this session we covered redox reactions and electrochemistry (voltaic cells). The student understood this chapter better, after we had begun covering it last session. He was also able to balance redox half reactions and draw a voltaic cell. He took better notes this session."
"Reviewed the material that the student is working on in her Biology class. Right now, they are covering genetics. We went over her class notes concerning Punnett squares, Mendel's laws of independent assortment and segregation, and chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomy 21. She was having trouble grasping how the phenotypic and genotypic ratios for pea plants work based on Mendel's experiments. Since they are based on the process of meiosis, we went back through that and I drew out an example meiosis using a cell that was 2n, where n=3. Once we went through that in detail, she understood Mendel's laws and ratios much better."
"We worked on more properties of electricity: electric fields, voltages, currents, applications of Ohm's Law, etc. The student's ability to work the problems looks ok, he still needs a bit of guidance in order to get through them. We worked on the dot point questions, and I think that these questions will be a great way to help him understand the concepts as well as the problem solving techniques. I went through a simple pedagogical example (based on a parallel-plate capacitor) that I always use when students struggle with the connection between electric fields and potential differences. I was quite pleased to see that there was a question in the problem set that was very similar to the example. With a little bit of guidance, the student was able to get through the question."
"We covered a range of questions about different biology topics to prepare for the student's exam on Thursday. He seems to have a great grasp on the material we covered. He said he got a 100% on his last test, and seems to be doing much better with the material we have covered. I left him to go over the material we covered and to go over his practice test again."