Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on chapter 20, biotechnology. We reviewed the ways that scientists study DNA in the laboratory by using the million cells, bacteria, and various factors. We covered cloning, sequence libraries, restriction fragment length polymorphism, polymerase chain reaction, and southern blotting. We then completed restriction mapping problems in his laboratory homework by a process of elimination and simple arithmetic."
"The student got an A on her chemistry exam. Today, we focused on geometry for the session. The teacher was allowing the class to do corrections on a recent test for additional credit, so we spent the session going over those problems. I found that she understood the material, she just had to figure out how to start the problems. So after going over all of the test questions, we did some practice problems where she had to find all of the sides, altitude, and angles of triangles starting with just two of the numbers. By being able to accomplish this, she gained confidence in being able to find any unknown in a triangle, and would be able to answer any of the test questions."
"Great session. First we reviewed how to take good, clear, concise notes from the chapter review. From going over just one topic on the chapter review I noticed that she takes excellent notes and she knows how to pick out the important information and how to organize that information. This is very reassuring because this is not a skill that everyone has. Next we focused on understanding the concepts in the chapter 32 review and chapter 27 in general. We went over homeostasis, the animal kingdom, amphibians, arthropods, properties of the amniotic eggs, and how humans affect evolution."
"We covered Gibbs free energy and its relation with equilibrium constants Kp and Kc. We covered the equations that relate these three properties and the connection they have with one another. The student used these concepts in one of her homework assignments. I asked about her previous exam and she said she had gotten a decent grade."
"We covered her homework on electrochemistry as well as her lab on ksp. We went over how to calculate ecell using the reduction half reactions. We also talked a little about nuclear chemistry, which will be her next section."
"We covered high pass and low pass filters, phasor form of the circuit representation, and transform functions. I included the strategy to quickly identify the high pass or low pass filters. I used one example to teach how to find all quantities in the circuit using phasors. We derived transform function and cutoff frequency formulas. I talked about designing a RL high pass filter."