Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is coming to the home stretch of the semester. We spent this session practicing writing essay questions for his final exam which will be AP format. We practiced writing bullets of all he knows and then taking that to write a paragraph rather than trying to organize and write at the same time."
"The topics that were covered were morphology, development, and mechanisms of evolution. The student has a quiz on these topics. I left the student with terms to review. I have no concerns from the session."
"We spent about 10-15 minutes discussing the student's performance on his last exam. He was very disappointed with his score and is waiting for the exam to be released so that we can review it. He had a worksheet on cell structure and function assigned to him. We completed the worksheet except for one question that he felt confident finishing on his own. We watched his instructors PowerPoint presentation online and took pause breaks throughout the video to discuss points that were confusing or needed more emphasis. We did not finish the lecture in its entirety. Student watched the last 3-4 slides on his own."
"The student and I went over gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We discussed different ways to deal with gene expression, such as positive factors and negative factors. We discussed the lac operon for turning on and off lactose degradation in prokaryotes and the reason this must be regulated. We also discussed methods of gene expression in eukaryotes."
"The student and I covered the cell cycle and mitosis in our recent session. She told me that she has been studying my notes, using online teaching material, and making study guides for herself, which I reviewed with her. She also told me that she had a cumulative test last week that covered all the material we have been covering and got an A- on it. We've been focusing on going through each topic and organizing all the concepts into systematic study guides. I think our time together has been a huge factor in her grade improvement. I also helped the student with some of her research this week in preparation for a paper on Type II Diabetes due next week. I don't have any concerns from this session. She is showing great improvement and is doing all the review I have been assigning her."
"During this session we reviewed some topics that were covered on the student's midterm. There were a few questions concerning older subject material he got hung up on. Specifically, we reviewed oxidative phosphorylation and how he could have written the description of this process. We worked on the latest material concerning evolution. At present, he is still becoming familiar with the new vocabulary. Some of the terms are very similar (genetic drift vs. gene flow) that we examined how to better distinguish the between them. I don't have any concerns at this moment."
"We reviewed for her test next Tuesday on bacteria, viruses, and biotechnology. She is learning how to relate science concepts to every day life, which is helping her understand the concepts. I advised her on things to study for her test."
"The student has a biology test next Tuesday, so today's session was used to help prepare for it. We discussed the background of DNA as the heredity and the discovery structure. We went over the structure in great detail and the bonding. In addition, we went over replication in great detail. We are meeting next Thursday."
"We covered the viruses, bacteria and protists. We talked about their characteristics and how they can grow, feed and reproduce. We also went through different kinds of each group and their characteristics and how we can differentiate them. I explained the retro virus and how they are different from other viruses. She is doing good and she is so smart."
"I helped the student with his biology lab write-ups. The first lab was on bacterial transformation, and I helped him understand why certain aspects of his lab were important and what they meant. For example, the use of certain restriction enzymes instead of an alternative, and why the first is preferential. The second lab concerned gel electrophoresis. I helped him analyze the movement of the DNA. We discussed the usage of TBE buffer and ways to make the separation of the bands better."
"The student received her graded quiz, so we went over the questions she got wrong. Then she took online quizzes covering meiosis, genetics, and Mendelian inheritance."
"The student and I went over the history of the periodic table and the scientists involved in forming the modern period table. We also went over electron shielding and proton shielding as well as defenders. She understood the material pretty well after I explained what was occurring and should do well on her quiz Friday if she studies the scientists and can figure out what each did. We went through them one by one but since it is a straight memorization thing she will have to study it again. She didn't necessarily struggle with anything. I did not leave her with any extra practice. I don't have any concerns with the session."