Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to cover ionic bonding, including balancing formal charges of monatomic and polyatomic ions. The student completed worksheets provided by her physical science teacher. She was struggling most with forming bonds with polyatomic ions. As this student does not have a book, the only material she was left to review were her completed worksheets."
"We covered Earth Science, specifically geologic time periods, layers of the Earth, continental drift, tectonic plate movement and descriptions of plate movement, S and P waves in earthquakes, composition of volcanoes, atmospheric impact from volcanoes, and discussed the general focus of next week's appointment. He was engaged and determined to learn the material. I will be sending him extra practice soon. This was our first session, so we discussed learning style and his topic schedule. He would like to better understand energy cycles (to be covered), geology, and agricultural use and practices. As we meet, I will better be able to assess the progress and offer more study tips. We are not working to increase his classroom grade but towards a 5 on the Environmental Science AP exam. He seems very self driven and only in need of reviews and enhancements."
"She had not received her mitosis quiz back yet, but she said she felt comfortable taking it and that there were no surprises. This session we covered meiosis. She says that they have not covered meiosis in class yet. So before we jumped into a new topic, we reviewed the stages of mitosis and any still pending questions. We covered RB and P85 proteins and reviewed oncogenes vs proto-oncogenes. We then moved onto the stages of meiosis I and meiosis II and the differences between the two. She picked up the information quickly and was able to remember how each stage acts on the genetic information in a cell. We talked about ways that gamete cells look different in plant vs animal cells. We also covered the importance of sexual reproduction for the survival of a species and how meiosis plays a huge role in that genetic differentiation through cross-over during synopsis in prophase I and independent ordering along the metaphase plate in metaphase II."
"The student and I discussed ecological concepts such bioremediation, the carbon cycle, the food chain, mimicry, and coloration. He seemed to understand the concepts through the examples that I gave him. We will meet up online next Wednesday."
"The student and I discussed electron configuration (ground state vs excited state), orbital diagram (single vs paired electron), atomic radius (trend, radius of cations and anions, isoelectronic species), ionization energy (trend, first and second ionization energy), electronegativity (polarity), isotopic spectrum and mass spectrum analysis, etc. He has worked really hard, and I hope he will excel in this final exam."
"The student and I discussed electrons and how they affect bonding of different elements. We also talked about the periodic table and how the elements are arranged. Based on where the elements appear, you can tell which ones are bigger or have a greater ionization energy."