Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered mitosis. We discussed the three parts of interphase, the five parts of mitosis, and cytokinesis. I also had him write an outline of the processes and steps so he could organize them in his head. He understood all of the concepts, but I will help him to memorize the names of structures and the order of the steps."
"We conducted a review of everything we had covered before the student's recent spring break. We talked about the six-kingdom classification system of living things. We went over the characteristics of each kingdom and how they are similar to and different from one another with regard to movement, reproduction, size, etc. By the end of the session, he had a better understanding of the material."
"The student showed me her last lab assignment on DNA extraction, and she did well on it. She said she has a test on Friday on mitosis and feels ready for it. We went over the digestive and circulatory systems, and I had her do a worksheet for each system. We will continue with this material during our next session."
"Our session today was spent preparing for the student's genetics test this coming Thursday. The aspect she needed help with was Punnett squares: how to use them, what information we need to set them up, what information they tell us about the offspring, etc. In this discussion we went over the concepts of genotype and phenotype, homozygous and heterozygous, the principle of dominance, codominance, and incomplete dominance. After doing a number of practice problems with Punnett squares, we talked about some basic concepts of DNA, inheritance, and fertilization. We briefly discussed the process of meiosis."
"We covered different DNA technologies like different ways to manipulate and study DNA molecules. Specifically, we discussed the method of and purpose behind agarose gel electrophoresis and recombination genetics. We looked at specific examples of each."
"The student and I went over her most recent quiz in math. It was clear she knew how to solve each type of problem. We also spent time working on preparing a practice exam for her to take as part of a study plan for her bio quiz. She said she felt that making the quiz was very helpful, so I encouraged her to continue to make more problems to quiz herself later on."
"We covered Biology and Algebra 2 in two sessions. The student was comfortable learning about DNA replication and RNA transcription. We also worked on understanding concepts about conic sections and relevant equations for circles, parabolas, etc."
"Today we covered anaerobic cellular respiration and aneroid respiration. The student seemed to understand the big ideas and general equation but needs to work on its relationship to photosynthesis and the details of the processes. She did well in the time that I was with her for such a large amount of content."
"The student is writing a paper for English class about heart disease and wanted some help finding sources. I shared several articles with her and helped her organize her ideas into an outline. We also talked about several "science camp" opportunities and the strengths and weaknesses of each. We finished up our session reviewing Hardy Weinberg equilibrium."
"In today's session, we covered the entire process of photosynthesis. Although the student had only studied the light- dependent reactions in class, we went ahead of the syllabus & learned about the Calvin cycle as well. This is definitely one of the hardest topics in 9th grade biology, but she did well to grasp the concept. We drew the entire process on her white board & went through each section & what reactants & products were used. She was able to see how the two stages of photosynthesis depended on each other. We also started an introduction about cellular respiration."
"Went over circulatory and respiratory systems. Discussed the structure of the heart including chambers and the blood vessels traveling to and from the heart. Went over the significance of having 4 chambered vs 3 chambered heart. Discussed the difference between pulmonary and systemic circulation. We also discussed why blood is a tissue, along with its components. We answered why blood is red and the role of the protein hemoglobin. We then went over the respiratory system, its role and components and how they are related to the circulatory system. We went over a couple HW questions about blood type, so we also discussed universal donors and recipients and what determines each."
"This session amount of 2 hours includes part 2 of notes (created by me) that include writing the lab portions for design, results, analysis, graphs, and conclusion, and extra online references for help writing the write-up (took 45 minutes to create as it was shorter than notes part 1), in addition to the 50 minute session this morning where design, procedure, and data sections were completed together including extra help for other sections, and lastly the proof reading of the whole lab which is added to this session (ongoing)."