Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met again to finish module 3 (DNA replication). We then finished module 4 as well, which covered protein synthesis. She received a 100 on her most recent post-eval, which has been extremely encouraging. She feels as though she will do fine on the exam as long as the questions are similarly structured to the quizzes she's been taking. She appreciates the help from tutoring and sees this time as mostly really understanding the concepts behind the material."
"During this session, we briefly touched on the material we studied in the previous session to ensure that the student had mastered it. We then began to cover gametogenesis and the role that meiosis plays as a part of that process. We also discussed the mechanisms by which uncontrolled cell division can lead to cancer. We were able to get a little ahead of her class, so she should be well prepared going into this week."
"We talked about what the student has been struggling with in class (naming and balancing being chief concerns going into the session, based on emails with her mother). She showed me a list of topics to be covered on a quiz on Tuesday that included the following concepts: acid-base definitions and examples, titration reactions, assigning oxidation states, identifying what is being oxidized and/or reduced a reaction, identifying the oxidizing and reducing agents in a reaction, and combustion reactions (balancing and product prediction). She said she was okay with the definitions and examples of acids and bases, but not so confident on the rest of the topics. We focused on these topics for the session. I brought my flash drive with all my course materials, and we used some of those to work on balancing and predicting reaction products for combustion. The student has some difficulty with balancing, and didn't know why equations had to be balanced/what "balanced" meant. I reviewed that information with her and showed her how to balance equations by working together through sample problems and giving her "rules" to make balancing easier. I showed her how to do them in her head if they're simple equations to balance and how to set up tables to balance more difficult equations. She worked on balancing combustion equations mostly, in order to better prepare her for her quiz. I also used my course materials to work on redox reactions with her. We defined oxidation and reduction, I showed her how to use rules she already had regarding oxidation states, and I showed her how to determine what was being oxidized/reduced and identify the oxidizing and reducing agents in a reaction. I had her do several practice from my curriculum materials to practice this. The student had a positive attitude towards the material. She picked up on things very quickly and took notes during our session. I left her with some additional practice for naming compounds, because we didn't get to work on that during our session. She now knows how and why to balance equations, and was able to do some very difficult problems using those concepts! She was also able to do one of my AP level redox problems (mostly) on her own!"