Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had his test today and he felt that it went well. He decided he wanted to move on to the next chapter, which is cellular respiration. Because this is a complicated topic I decided it was best to give a general overview of cell respiration first. I explained the difference between anaerobic and aerobic respiration. We discussed obligate and facultative anaerobes. Then we began talking about glycolysis and the Krebs cycle. He seemed to understand the chapter pretty well, but I am sure as we go into more detail he will have more questions."
"For today's session, the student and I covered the chapter on momentum and impulse. He was provided with some basic notes and practice problems which he had already completed. There were a few conceptual questions that he had about the situations given in the word problems, so we covered those at the start of the session. Following this, we worked on solving different types of practice problems on impulse and momentum. Most students find momentum and impulse to be easy topics so I gave him some more practice problems that were slightly more complex and more conceptual. We went through many various problems and 95% of the time, he got the correct answer with little struggle or hesitation. The great thing about the student, is that he is very intuitive and so if he does happen to get an incorrect answer on a practice problem, he almost immediately recognizes his mistake and is able to correct it. I want the student to be 100% prepared for any exam he has to take, now, or in the future on physics concepts which is why I push him a little further than his coursework requires. Learning the topic from every angle is really the only way to guarantee that students will be able to answer any type of problem on that particular topic. I know that he is hoping to maintain an A in this course, which is why we cover each topic so thoroughly. Generally speaking, the student is well versed in his physics topics. Next week we will cover any topic he is currently discussing, go over his notes, add to them, and do more practice problems to test his understanding of the material."
"The student and I broke down the process of analyzing NMR data and determining the chemical structure. He was quite good with identifying the split of a proton and comparing shielding vs. deshielding. He mostly just needed a little help organizing the process, and seemed like he was doing well by the time we finished."