Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a science test coming up, so we focused on reviewing concepts related to chemical reactions. First she took an online quiz with the vocabulary from the chapter in order for me to gauge her understanding and areas of strength and weakness. Mainly, we discussed what it means to have a balanced equation. We watched a video on how to balance equations then practiced several examples. She asked good questions to clarify her understanding, and by the end of the session, she was able to balance equations independently. I also provided her a study packet for the remainder of the chapter that we will continue to review tomorrow."
"The student worked on a lab write up for a lab that involved setting up three types of circuits with the same power source but an increasing number of bulbs for each circuit. The lab tested the flow of charge and how it is different from charge speed and also compare charge flow to volumetric flow rate. He used the new terms and ideas learned in class, such as resistance, current, charge flow, and ampere."
"We went through the animal behavior chapter in the student's textbook by going through the provided study questions. The chapter included learning processes, the influence of behavior on mating, and the influence of behavior on fitness. After going over the topics and explaining any misunderstood concepts, she seemed to understand the chapter well."
"Yesterday's session focused on both Algebra and Chemistry. The student's Algebra teacher specifically asked that their most recent homework assignment be completed in class due to technology concerns, so we focused on reviewing concepts from last week's session. We reviewed how to work with systems of equations and did review on topics from his last test, including matrices. Similarly, during the chemistry part of our session, we continued reviewing the differences of ionic and covalent bonds and how to recognize differences between the two. Furthermore, we reviewed one of his quizzes and went over any problem areas. It was a great session for clarifying topics we've already discussed. Keep up the good work!"
"After a brief round of introductions, I asked the student specifically about the class, what she has been doing to study, and her perceived issues. After that, we discussed the role of ATP hydrolysis in muscle contraction, briefly touching upon other, tangentially-related topics (e.g., structure-function, coupled energy transfer, neuromuscular physiology, etc.). I encouraged her to take advantage of her visual learning style by making use of visuals on sites like YouTube and Google Images to complement her notes and course materials. She wasn't sure of her schedule going forward, but promised to get back to me as soon as possible with her tentative tutoring schedule, course syllabus, and any other materials she thinks might help us in future sessions."
"After general introductions, we discussed basic statistical concepts for the student's Introduction to Biostatistics course, including: how to find outliers using quartiles and the interquartile range, how to determine percentiles given z-values, standard deviations, and means. There was some difficulty in creating a box-and-whisker plot in Excel, which was briefly discussed and walked through. We also went over an example frequency distribution table to explain the differences between frequencies, relative frequencies, cumulative frequencies, and cumulative relative frequencies. For future studying, I would advise creating a formula sheet that includes percentile tables and z scores in order to get more acquainted with equations needed to solve problems. The student was also given a link to basic modules in Biostatistics that I used as a master's student. Overall, she was very receptive to the material, and I look forward to working with her in the future."