Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The intention of Wednesday's session was to get the student prepared for the frog dissection that was happening the following day. He went through the note packet and filled out all of the information. We discussed how an amphibian and a warm blooded animal have organs which are exclusive to their respective species, and organs which are similar in function but differ in structure. We will meet one more time on Saturday to go over material for his final, which is during the final week of school. He requested a "head start" on 8th grade material this summer."
"We began working on the student's end of semester review. This involved defining terms and looking back over two semesters' worth of biology."
"We reviewed chapter 17 for the student's exam. Topics discussed included acid-base titrations, buffers and solubility."
"We spent much of today's session working through sets of practice problems from past physics exams. She is clearly a bright student but is in need of quite a bit of review on some of the key concepts in this course, especially electricity and magnetism. However, she is a quick learner, so I'm confident that if she devotes the necessary time to prepare over the next few weeks, she will do quite well on the exam. My plan is to continue working though old exams, reviewing concepts as needed along the way."
"We began and completed the student's lab in biology, which explored how to set up a basic experiment for measuring leaf density according to the scientific method. After some discussion of what a hypothesis should entail and how to frame the experimental question, she understood how to think about isolating specific variables and how to control for confounding variables (e.g. why the species of the leaves being measured should be the same, but maybe not the size). The lab wasn't difficult for her, and she only needed guidance in understanding what the question was in the first place, rather than trouble with understanding how to answer it."
"Today was my first session with this student so I took some time to understand her learning style and what is most helpful for her in tutoring sessions. Since she recently took her first midterm and wanted to get clarification on problems that she got wrong on the test, so we spent the majority of the time going over anything she was not sure about. Concepts covered included ranking lowest to highest pKa of molecules (in multiple choice context), NMR, mass spectroscopy, Friedel Crafts Alkylation and how to determine the correct product when given specific reactants and reagents, and the mechanism of nitration reactions. I made sure to ask her questions and walk through her thought process when answering test questions to ensure that she fully grasps the concepts now."