Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started to review for his final exam today. As we were going through questions from the first few chapters from August and September we realized that he has forgotten a lot of small details that are important. I told him he needs to spend some time going over these questions this weekend and we would discuss the questions on Monday during our next session. Our next two sessions will be dedicated to reviewing his weaknesses and strengthening them so that he does well on his final exam."
"Today we covered multiple topics that he had issues with during his AP bio course in preparation for his upcoming AP biology exam. We covered the evolutionary development of prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and plants. We also covered convergence, divergence, and phylogenetic trees. Afterwards, we covered topics not covered by his AP biology high school class: the human blood/immune, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal/digestive, excretory, and nervous system. No concerns."
"We discussed where the student is in her studies, what she needs help with, and how best to proceed. We then organized the topic into an order that would benefit her the most, and I proceeded to give her an overview of transcription and translation, mitosis and meiosis, and genetics."
"We started off the session by grading and going over a free-response essay question covering photosynthesis. He did an excellent job on it as I would have given him full credit. We then covered photosynthesis again along with DNA replication going through the processes step by step. After that we covered some physiology. I told him to take a look at the old AP exam and we can discuss and go over it next time which he said he would do after he finishes his AP Calculus exam next Wednesday."
"We completed several timed free-response questions. The student did very well. He has shown vast improvement in both reasoning and detailed responses. We discussed glycolysis, the Krebs Cycle, and the Calvin Cycle. I quizzed him on the specifics of each process. Next week we will cover any content questions that he has and will study common topics on the exam."
"The student and I reviewed ecology concepts for his upcoming exam. He has a review packet that is due and needs to be completed. I believe that once he completes the packet and studies the review presentation that I created, he will be prepared for his exam."
"The student wanted us starting to discussing the terms for the nervous system. We managed to discuss, record, and review all the ~ 50 terms for the nervous system which included everything from the types of potentials, the types of channels involved, and the classifications of the nervous system as CNS, PNS and ANS. We agreed he would review the digestive system for the next session."
"We did an SAT II Biology practice test and covered the cell cycle. In particular we worked on G1, S, G2, and M Phase and what occurs during each phase. The student shouldn't have much of a problem on the M section of the SAT II."
"Today we finished up reviewing for the exam. The topics we gone over includes Photosynthesis/metabolism -definitions -Light dependent and light independent cycles -Glycolysis -Krebs Cycle -Electron Transport System Evolution -definitions -mechanisms of evolution: Genetic drift/natural selection etc. -speciation and evidence of evolution Inheritance -Mendelian genetics -Mitosis/meiosis DNA -Central Dogma -Transcription and translation -mutations Enzyme Inhibition I left study guides/outlines pertaining everything we gone over today. The student has a very good grasp of the main ideas. I believe she is well prepared for the Biology exam."
"Tonight we reviewed DNA replication and mitosis/meiosis. We viewed 2 animations of both processes, while the student took notes on the details. We used the text book to fill in any gaps of knowledge. At the end we took a small quiz on the cell cycle. I left him with an additional quiz to complete on his own. His class continues review for the exam next week. This marks our last tutoring session together."
"The student received the highest grade in his class on his past assignment and received an A on his test covering the circulatory system! His new chapter is covering the immune system. In this session, we covered the cells of the immune system, their function, and the difference between the innate and acquired immune system. We did not have a great deal of information to go over, so we spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that he could differentiate between immune cells, and this was probably the part that he struggled the most with. With practice, he was much more proficient at explaining the differences between these cells. I have no concerns about this session."
"We met to continue to review for her AP biology test and her final exam. We covered reading graphs and interpreting figures. We talked about Punnet squares and inheritance patterns, pedigree interpretation, cell structures, and chromosomes. It went well and she seemed comfortable with the material."