Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the genetics and disease (Chapter 12) slides. The student had no problems with any of the material. I mostly helped her understand the concepts more and review for her upcoming test. She has her own practice and slides to go over. She knows the material, and just mostly needed me to help her learn how to study it. Overall, this session went really well!"
"The student and I prepared ourselves by discussing various aspects of a lab that he started today. We began with an interactive online tutorial about gel electrophoresis. After the activity, I posed some questions testing his understanding of the theory and practice of running a gel. Afterwards, we worked on a prelab for his activity in the following days about the different growth rates of two strains of bacteria in various conditions. In order to write his abstract, I tasked him with reading through the supplied material and looking up supplementary information online. I guided him by asking him to keep the big picture (differential growth rates) in mind and how various factors could affect the outcome. In order to do so, he had to look up information on various terms such as Luria broth, ampicillin, and arabinose. In order to extend these skills beyond biology, I explicitly told him the steps he had conducted and their usefulness in general research and studying."
"In our session, the student and I covered Chemistry since his classes just began again. He worked on problems that dealt with the orbitals of electrons, the Bohr model, electron configuration, and quantum numbers. In addition we went over atomic emission spectra. The problems were really quick, as most of the questions were related to each other. After going through a bit of his notes and doing mini-lecture, we worked on some more Pre-Calculus. In that subject area, he worked on problems that dealt with trigonometric ratios and triangles. They were very easy once he was able to identify the type of triangle (45-45-90). As such he could get the lengths of the sides and the hypotenuse. While we went over the material, one of the key points that was emphasized was how to digest some of the information that is presented to him in these long lectures. I think one of the key ideas to help him understand the concepts were to use analogies, for example a ball on a hill simulating the excited state compared to a ground state. The biggest progress seen was in the problems as he quickly took out a handout I gave to him in a previous session and was able to use it to understand exactly what to do. Moving forward, each time I meet with him I see huge leaps and bounds in progress."
"Today we discussed some concepts for determining range and maximum height of a projectile. We discussed an assignment involving the creation of a spreadsheet that could plot the motion of a projectile system with air resistance. We will continue to work on the item separately and will compare values and discuss the generation of the equations and values during the next meeting."
"Today we reviewed material for the student's AP chem test on Friday. We went over solubility curves, percent ionic character, and phase diagrams. Then we worked on word problems involving extreme values and graphs of first and second derivatives in preparation for her AP calculus quiz on Wednesday."
"Today we reviewed material for the student's upcoming exam. Although she mostly knows the individual facts, she is struggling to place them in the right context (replication vs. transcription vs. translation, for example). We will meet again before her exam to make sure that she is comfortable with all of the material."