Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has another exam next week so we reviewed the latest chapter in his textbook. Although he hasn't done too well in the quizzes so far, he has picked up a decent knowledge of the subject. This is shown whenever I ask him whether a specific topic has been covered and he inevitably is able to respond. We're going to have an extra session the day before the quiz, as well as another regular session after the quiz."
"This session was a continuation of last week, where we focused mainly on problems dealing with acceleration, but this time we worked with bodies that experienced changes in acceleration as well as acceleration involving components. We spent a majority of the class walking through problems, and then at the end I gave the student similar problems so he could try it himself. The more practice we did, the more comfortable he became with the material, and I made sure to throw him problems with many different applications of acceleration so that he is able to apply his knowledge of acceleration to properly set up the problems rather than just plug and chug numbers."
"Today was largely conceptual; we did a few problems from the student's online homework system, but I used them primarily as talking points. His class has moved on to wave mechanics. Today's session was a good session."
"For this session we covered acids and bases concepts, specifically Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis. The student had some trouble at first as he wasn't able to draw the Lewis structures to determine what species could donate an electron pair to act as a Lewis base. We took about half an hour to go over Lewis bonding and valence electrons so he could remember this section. The rest of the session went well, he understood the products of certain reactions (such as acids with metals and acids with bases)."
"The student got a B+ on her biology test last week, which she was pleased with. She has a quiz over meiosis tomorrow, so we spent the session going through the syllabus and reviewing the material that would be covered on the quiz. She was having trouble understanding the different phases of meiosis and how it differed from mitosis, so I went through and drew a diagram for her depicting all the stages of the two and where they were similar and where they differed. I think that really helped her grasp the main concepts."
"The student is showing excellent results from our sessions and is making more advanced connections between concepts. Today photosynthesis and cellular respiration were studied in depth from cycles, reactions, functional structures of organelles and processes. Also we reviewed action potentials in neurons. She takes the IB exam this Friday (parts one and two), and if she feels she needs additional support for part three on Monday she can contact me over the weekend for an additional session."
"The student and I started to review the concepts for her final. We started by looking at stoichiometry, ideal gas law, and titrations. We used all of the examples provided in the packet in order to solidify her understanding of the material. We finished the review by looking over her equilibrium test, and discussing Le-Chatelier's principle. The student had a good grip on the basics, but needed a little bit of practice in order to finish the problems. I also noticed that she had a misunderstanding of pressure and temperature changes pertaining to equilibrium. I elaborated on the concepts, and she seems to have a much better understanding of the material."
"Today we finished up quantitative chemistry, specifically discussing the average molecular mass of polyatomic molecules. Then we moved onto atomic structure, discussing isotopes, isotope nomenclature, and atomic structures. The student did well with this chapter and seemed to be following along well. I assigned two questions from quant chem that we will go over next time."
"We covered photosynthesis in today's session. The student had gone over some of the materials in class, but needed help with the more extensive aspects such as the electron carrier chain, photo systems I and II, and Calvin's cycle. We also covered the effect of light, temperature, and carbon dioxide concentration on the rate of photosynthesis."
"We went over meiosis and karyotyping. The student seems to understand it much better after this session. I left her to go over her class slides for practice and to prepare her for her upcoming test. I do not have any concerns for this session."