Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The lesson focused on vectors as we begin to delineate differences between scalars and vectors as it applies to physics. As is common in the first few chapters of physics, many algebraic and pre-calculus lessons apply as we visited them as we finished the first chapter of the physics book. The student was very receptive to the abstract theory as well as the application of vector theory through multiple examples. We even had time to cover some of the concepts from the way the book presented them."
"We went over cell respiration, photosynthesis, chemiosmosis, genetics, and evolution. We concentrated on the chemical cycles. The student also wanted to work specifically on pedigrees and phylogenetic trees. We talked about how to construct a phylogenetic tree and how to spot sex-linkage on a pedigree. We worked on the review sheet for his test and homework assignments. The strategy I mainly used was engaging him in explaining concepts thoroughly, in a way that made sense to him. I asked him questions and encouraged him to take notes and look up some definitions in his book. He will read more in his book before our next session. He is very bright and has a good background knowledge of everything. He is fast-paced and memorizes a lot. I suggested taking notes from his textbook and making flashcards of key terms and concepts."
"Today we talked about two problems from the most recent homework set. The first one involved a simple situation with a nonlinear spring and ended up being pretty easy to evaluate. The second was more difficult, and we took the whole session, but finally got through it."
"The student worked through three homework packets, covering photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and fermentation. This was a great opportunity for her to solidify her understanding of energy dynamics in cells. While she would occasionally mix up small details, such as the difference between aerobic and anaerobic, I believe she fundamentally understands the basic principles of the concepts, which should allow her to do well on her upcoming exam."
"Today, the student and I worked on confidence intervals and the t-distribution for known values. She was especially good at finding the estimated t-value. I told her she should be reviewing the lectures before starting the problems. It's important to understand the concepts before doing the work. She received a 100% on her first quiz! We'll be preparing for her next quiz."
"Today we reviewed a lot of transcription and translation as well as DNA replication so that the student would be prepared for her upcoming test. I answered a lot of the questions she had when she was studying alone, and I also generally reviewed all three processes. We also discussed how these processes might be tested on the AP Biology exam."