Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over angular momentum, angular acceleration, vector calculus, and conservation of energy. The student is very smart and had no trouble understanding the problems once I explained a few details. He seemed to have only a little trouble conceptualizing some problems. I'm very confident he will ace his test tomorrow."
"We started by discussing the student's abstract. I demonstrated using an outline and motivated the order I chose, trying to emphasize solid communication skills. I had him do all the writing and explained why I thought some things should be changed. Motivation and concentration remain two of his biggest challenges, and our sessions move slow at times as a result. He still has work to do on the abstract and this was communicated to his grandmother. This session was productive, though."
"The student had already taken his math exam, but he had not taken his physics exam as of yesterday. We worked through some basic physics problems and tried to relate what we had covered in math to physics. I could tell that some concepts had not been clearly explained to him, and he really lit up when he discovered the relationships between the concepts. He said he performed decently on his math final and that he felt he had done his best. We are going to continue to work to ensure his grades stay up this semester."
"The student and I discussed plant responses to internal and external stimuli. She was quick to pick up all of the key information. Before the end of the session, we figured out a game plan for preparing her best for her final exam. Before we meet again, she is to begin reviewing all information learned thus far during the term."
"The student and I discussed quantum numbers and electron configuration. We learned the concepts related to the four quantum numbers and their representation of shell, subshell, orbital, and electron spin. We drew the basic structure of a few atoms in which we determined the set of quantum numbers of each electron contained. We also evaluated whether a set of quantum numbers was possible. As for electron configuration, we learned how to setup the configuration, where the subshells positioned on the periodic table, and how d subshell was placed lower than s and p. Thus, we have covered many important theories and concepts today. I appreciate the student's effort and patience."
"The student and I discussed the cell cycle tonight, after a very brief review of gene expression. I outlined permanent G1 cells, cells that could be mobilized to divide, and cells constantly on the cell cycle time wheel. We moved on into mitosis in prokaryotes and came then to discuss meiosis. I drew her an example of crossover and explained its importance in sexual reproduction as it relates to new gene combinations. We talked about independent assortment and linkage and then gene maps. Finally, we talked about nondisjunction syndromes!"