Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our session was spent covering and teaching circular motion and centripetal forces. The student started off hesitant and unsure, but his mood changed toward the end of the session to being confident in the material, and saying he understood it just fine. I asked him to go over the problems we glanced over together, and to practice some problems before his exam Wednesday."
"We went over the expectations of the lab report. Specifically, we went over what the experiments were doing, how those experiments were performed, and why. The topic was on homogenate analysis of macromolecules from a cow's kidney, heart, and liver. Together we solidified concepts on how between different tissues, the amount of proteins, glycogen and triglycerides were different, and how those numbers were procured. I helped the student understand difficult to comprehend aspects of the lab manual, and also aid her in writing her report. She had a positive and attentive attitude which made our session both productive and fun."
"We reviewed Acid / Base chemistry from our previous session - pH, pOH, Ka, Kw values and interchanging between then all. We then worked on some questions relating to finding the concentrations of strong acids and mixtures of strong acids in water. We also reviewed how to determine the strength of an acid. Finally, we introduced weak acids and I.C.E. problems. As usual, the student was very focused and engaged, and is doing very well - he is a pleasure to work with."
"In this session, we worked on missing lines. He wanted to review missing lines before his quiz on Tuesday, hence we went through 4 examples of missing lines, where he was able to identify all missing lines for all examples. We worked on missing lines in the previous session, and built on the rules set from the previous session. We will continue to work on his SolidWorks skills as the semester progresses."
"It was a pleasure meeting the student. Today, we covered DNA replication and went over an online quiz. He indicated that he has a test tomorrow over the material covered on the quiz. We spent some time working through a few of the problems he struggled with. Specifically, we reviewed several genetics concepts including alleles, blood typing, complete vs. incomplete dominance, dihybrid crosses, and Punnett squares. Best of luck to him tomorrow!"
"It was really nice working with you yesterday! It seems that you are really doing well with redox reactions. Remember that when you are missing atoms in your redox reaction: first balance oxygen atoms with H2O. This will add hydrogen atoms to one side of your equation, so hold off on balancing hydrogens until the oxygens have been balanced. Then, balance hydrogen. Do this by adding H3O+ (or H+ if your teacher says it's ok). Be sure to add 1 water molecule on the opposite side of the reaction for each H3O+ you add. Then, balance the electrons. I think that using redox states of atoms is a very good way to hint at which species are being reduced and oxidized. I definitely think that you are a quick learner in this area and that you are doing very well. See you tomorrow! "