Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming midterm, focusing mainly on forces in 2 dimensions; work and energy; and momentum, impulse, and collisions."
"In today's lesson we reviewed the student's evolution notes in an interactive and quiz-like manner to solidify the evolution concepts. We then simulated a quiz, and he completed the review quiz successfully. This quiz involved multiple choice questions; matching and T/F question types; and key concepts like evidence for evolution, related scientists, types of natural selection modes, and extinction and speciation. He understands the material well. We are also working on reviewing previous units in preparation for the final."
"I reviewed the basic outline of a successful conclusion with the student in preparation for an in class project that is apparently worth a lot of points. The day before he is to do this conclusion project, I will have him write out several practice conclusions, and make sure he fully understands the necessary pieces. In addition, we continued covering evolution. At this point, he has encountered everything he will need to know for the test multiple times. Before the test, I will have him take a few more practice quizzes, and attempt to further drill in the concepts that seem to be loosely grasped."
"The student is starting her finals review for Biology. We used this session to complete her biology review sheet 1. For each of the 6 sections, we completed the questions asked and then spent a few minutes reviewing the covered concept with an online game. In this review sheet we covered simple genetic physiology (chromosomes, genes, nucleic acid pairs), Mendelian genetics (heterozygous vs homozygous, phenotype vs genotype, and ), and Darwinian evolution (the 3 types of adaptation, selective breeding, and natural selection)."
" Today we covered law of conservation of energy. Although the amount of energy in a system does not change, the form of the energy changes. We performed calculations in which the kinetic energy was converted to elastic potential energy. We learned the difference between elastic and gravitational potential energy."
"This has been our longest session to date. Because of the student's upcoming exam tomorrow, we spent a great deal of time looking over her study guide/ practice exam her professor handed out. It mostly covered substitution and elimination reactions, along with other miscellaneous reactions (such as how to convert -OH into -OTs to make it into a better leaving group). There was a lot of information within the practice exam, but I took my time with the questions so that she understood the reasoning for each one. At the moment, she seems to be struggling with mechanisms the most. While she has improved on how to utilize arrows, she is still caught off guard at times when dealing with charges. When faced with elimination/ substitution reactions, she can recall specific details but sometimes struggles with piecing everything together. I do believe the net gain has been positive, though, as she has improved throughout our sessions. I wish her luck on her exam tomorrow."