Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered cellular biology and organelles. He is dealing with a lot of homework that he is making up from being sick (41 assignments). We started with reviewing biology because he is working on completing them all as soon as possible. He was very nice and took to the review of the material enthusiastically. We also talked about study strategies."
"The student was finishing up preparing for a retake test on the subjects of uniform circular motion and gravitation. He has put a lot of work into this, and I think he is ready to take a good shot at any test problem he will see. Even if he cannot complete the problem, he should be able to do significant work on any problem that will get him at least a fair amount of partial credit."
"The student and I covered the development of atomic theory, atomic structures, isotopes, atomic mass and electron orbitals. We reviewed class notes and also walked through textbook examples and outlined homework strategy. Overall the session went very well and we were able to work a little ahead in the textbook in preparation for topics to be covered In future classes. A key will be for her to keep up with each new concept being introduced as new concepts build on prior ones."
"In our first session, we mainly covered the concepts on the differences between scalar and vector quantities. This is something that the student was struggling with the most. After going through a few examples on the difference between speed and velocity, we looked at some homework problems that the student was confused about. The student had a great attitude towards the subject and was eager to understand the concepts that were covered in class. I told her a very important physics tip which is to always draw out what is given in a particular problem. This allows you to set up and visualize the parts of a problem that are given and what equation(s) you need to use in order to get your unknown value."
"In preparation for her test tomorrow, she provided a few more example problems to be solved. We covered those. During this session, I explained to her how to setup the equation of motions for pulley systems and also reviewed relative motions."
"In preparation for her test, she and I worked through her review sheet, which focused mainly on biochemistry and macromolecules. She already has a fairly strong knowledge of these subjects, so most of our session involved her explaining concepts to me so that I could check her answers for full understanding of the topics. We spent most of the session working through the four macromolecules, discussing the key components, structure, and function of each one. We also took note of the specific types of bonding that occur in different macromolecules and how these bonds are formed. We also spent quite a bit of time discussing polarity and functional groups, as well as how these are essential to macromolecules and, ultimately, life. We ended the session by looking through her practice questions, working through what the questions were getting at, and having her explain her answers to me."