Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student thought he had done alright on the quiz. We went over the textbook chapter on minerals. I had brought some rock samples from my office. I don't think the instructor can go into minerals too comprehensively as the students do not seem to have much chemistry background. We also reviewed the lab work on maps since he has a test on this next week"
"This session focused on equilibrium calculations, including using K values to calculate amounts of products and reactants present at equilibrium. We also used Q values to determine if a reaction was at equilibrium, and what direction the reaction will shift to reach equilibrium. By the end of the session, the student had a much better grasp of the math, including the algebra sometimes required."
"We reviewed for a test over transcription, translation, and structure of DNA/RNA/nucleotide base pairs that the student has on Friday. When we talked through each process and the logistics of the biological reactions/enzymes involved, she felt much better about it."
"During this session we reviewed in more detail the structure and function of striated muscles and how the calcium ion is triggers the movement of the parts of the sarcomere. Chapter review questions were answered which included a review of hormones and reproduction. We ended with a basic review of DNA replication, translation and transcription."
"The student is starting to study for her final, so we started looking over all of the previous material in the class. This included periodic trends, enthalpy, acid/base chemistry, and intermolecular interactions. The student needs to reacquaint herself with a variety of topics, so we will dedicate the next session to solidifying her understanding of the material. I will also be addressing organic chemistry in a little more detail since that is her toughest topic to understand."
"The student and I reviewed final topics in preparation for the exam including concepts of stoichiometry, acid base reactions, and equilibrium. We applied these concepts to practice problems from previous years papers."
"Today the student and I focused on finishing up the quantitative chemistry section of the IB curriculum. We finished up mole theory as well as the process used to determine the limiting reactant of an equation. We also covered ideal gases and the properties that govern them. I left her with some homework to do which we will review the next time. I have intentions to move onto atomic structure the next time we meet."
"We covered protein structures and enzymes. We covered basic definitions, active site\substrate interactions, and the lock and key model and induced fit model. We also covered how temperature, pH, and concentration affect the rate of reaction."
"We covered evolutionary topics, nucleotide components, and genetic studies. I don't have any concerns for the session."
"We went over Hess's law diagrams, bond enthalpies, stoichiometry, and Hess's law questions in today's session. We went through practice problems in her review packet to solidify the concepts she learned in class. After working through these questions, she understands how to do these questions quite well."