Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got some of his grades back for the last quarter. He and I sat and talked about what habits he had during class, how he studied for exams and took them, and some of his feelings about where he did well and where he could have improved moving forward. We discussed that he should focus on taking good notes, doing "smart studying" and making connections and his own examples to explain material, and reinforcing to his teacher his interest in the topic. Moving forward, we reinforced some of the older material. We went back and covered Chapters 1&2 dealing with the basics of cells, organelles, and processes of homeostasis. In doing so, we tackled it as a discussion, where he would start based on a prompt (for example, I would ask what would define something as living and he would fill in with what he knew) and we discussed his answers when he finished. The student, who appeared initially a little down about his class grade, got more excited as he continued through this exercise and realized he remember more about the subjects than he had thought. He seemed to understand the principles we went over, and would remember over half the material without prompting (he remembered for example 10 of the 13 organelles and could also list the function of 8 of those without error). At the end, we identified which topics we had covered that could use extra practice or studying. Finally, to end with something he found interesting, we looked at an example of an experiment that made bunnies glow in the dark, and related it briefly to genetics and things we had covered before."
"Today we covered how to convert from DNA to proteins. We reviewed the process then the student worked on a worksheet he had for homework."
"The student and I worked on practice problems for geometry and additional problems that I provided. Then we reviewed ecology for biology."