Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed several topics including covalent bonding, polarity, and van der waals forces. We then went through questions for a quiz and discussed topics from the questions that she did not understand."
"Since our last session, the student took his first class test. He told me he "killed it," and did well above the class average. I asked how he felt about it, and he stated that he felt great. We are starting to prepare for the midterm. We looked at nucleo-sides, and -tides, and discussed the different secondary structures of DNA and RNA. He seemed very excited and ready to learn the new material. It was apparent that he was feeling confident with the material."
"The student has an exam on Monday so we started reviewing concepts. She had some questions prepared and we started going through them. We covered enzyme kinetics, order of reactions, Vmax, Km, competitive inhibition, noncompetitive inhibition, uncompetitive inhibition, how to read and interpret and extrapolate information from Michaelis-Menten graphs and Lineweaver-Burke plots. She did seem to get the material as we were going over it again and I had her explaining it to me, so this was great."
"We moved onto her next module/chapter on the pentose phosphate pathway and its relation to aerobic respiration. We also revisited some information from previous chapters in preparation for her unit exam."
"Today, the student and I re-examined earth's geology and how it compares to those of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, with special attention given to tectonics and crater impacts."
"Again, we were preparing for the final, which was the next day. We went over the rest of the topics that we hadn't covered before. This included seasons, eclipses, orbits, azimuth and altitude during different times of year and different places, composition of the galaxy, differences between interior and exterior planets, and a few other topics."
"Today, the student and I continued discussing stellar measurements. We went back over spectral classification and then dove into H-R diagrams. We identified the main parts (main sequence, blue giants, red giants, red dwarfs, white dwarfs). Most of our discussion dealt with the main sequence since much information can be gathered from this section, including the mass. We looked at how some binary systems can be used to determine mass of the total system through Kepler's 3rd law and how some are much more difficult to glean information from. We finished up by discussing how the lifetime of a star can be determined from the mass and luminosity. We plan on meeting up again tomorrow to work through some problems from his homework and put all of the material we have discussed to use."
"Today we went over her quiz on the Earth. She had gotten most of the answers right, and didn't need much help on the quiz. We also looked over some of her upcoming labs. She didn't struggle with anything."
"We covered the big bang theory and the evidence to support it, the expansion of the universe, cosmic microwave background radiation, dark matter, dark energy, type 1a supernovae, Olbers' paradox, Hubble's law, standard candles, and flatness of the universe. We will continue in our session tomorrow with Cepheid variables, Tully-Fisher, and RR Lyrae variables, and go through his homework assignment."
"The student and I went over the Ptolemaic view of the solar system (Earth centric) and how the Copernican model of the solar system came about. We discussed retrograde motion of Mars and Venus and went through Ch. 3 of his textbook pretty thoroughly. We also had a discussion about study habits and how he can improve what he retains from both the reading and lectures."
"The student and I reviewed vocabulary and multiple choice questions. Worked on unit conversions. Did a brief summary of history of the solar system and major astronomers and physicists. Key vocab words included: solar flare, solar winds, Kepler's Laws. He seemed to struggle most with astronomical units. I would recommend practicing converting AU to km and light years."
"We went over some key concepts that will be on her final, such as finding the angle and sign of the Sun and moon at various times of the year as well as how to identify the phases of the moon at given locations."