Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session of the semester, so the student and I covered chapter 7 of her textbook, which she has a quiz on this week. She struggled initially with the concepts of diffusion and active vs. passive transport. But after making some analogies to gravity and things rolling passively down a hill versus having to actively push a ball up a hill, I saw it all click as she was able to almost perfectly explain the concepts back to me in her own words. She had a great attitude and very much stressed that she wanted to understand this section for her quiz. I had her create a T-chart which I have found to be very helpful with this topic, and I told her to create another one from scratch in the next couple of days while studying for her quiz. She continues to impress me in her ability to work this hard on such difficult concepts."
"We started reviewing the AP Biology study flashcards the student bought. She had not really looked at them before, so I encouraged her to take a few everyday with her to help her master those few concepts each day. I asked her to read them out loud and teach me back in her own words, and I also quizzed her on some topics. She is still having some difficulties with explaining core ideas out loud, but when given a hint, she quickly recalls what she has learned. I am focusing on giving her more confidence in herself and some of the old chapters that she never really understood since these topics will come back in later chapters. Overall, she has made a lot of progress, and her interest in biology has grown over the sessions."
"Tonight the student and I covered torque problems and the types of problem-solving techniques to work those questions out. His class just started this material so it was fairly new but he seemed to understand the general concepts of it. I asked him to work on one practice problem which we'll discuss in our next session this weekend. It seems that the student is being more proactive about studying for the class and I'm expecting him to do well on the upcoming midterm."