Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I discussed the Kingdom Animalia, the phylum Chordata, the vertebrates and all the groups which belong to that sub-phylum to include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and others. We also created flash cards for all these different groups, specifying which characteristics makes them unique and subsequently divide one group from another."
"This session completed the ecology section and we started working on the botany section. We looked at a cross section of a plant to identify the different types of cells. We also went over the basics of photosynthesis and other chemical processes of plants. We also looked at the differences between monocots and dicots, along with a few videos that demonstrate how plants grow from seedlings."
"During today's session, we reviewed a past geometry test, working through problems with the student. We also prepared for his biology test, including reviewing mitosis, meiosis, and errors in meiosis with simulated open response questions. For next Tuesday, he should bring back his old biology tests so that we can work through the problems."
"Student 1 - We continued reviewing geologic age and radioactive dating. Did review questions. Student 2 - Started reviewing genetics. Covered Mendel's contribution to the subject. Defined genetics, genes, alleles, and traits. The student had questions about pedigrees, so we covered a handout from school about it. Worked on Punnett squares with one and two traits. Discussed the differences between phenotypes and genotypes. Also covered independent assortment."
"The student's class has started covering taxonomy and has just begun covering domain and kingdom, so we read over that section in the textbook. Explaining taxonomy as a form of classification starting with vague similarities and moving down to specific traits seemed to be useful for him. The class has not gone too far into the subject yet, so we also did some review for modern World History. We covered totalitarianism and extremism as well as the socioeconomic factors that can affect political stability. Using real-world examples has proven useful when covering biology and was also effective in clarifying the questions he had about how wars start and what are the consequences on a political and economic stage."
"We went over review material for the student's upcoming Biology exam, which dealt mostly with ecology and population/evolution questions. It was mostly a matter of memorizing key terms and definitions and having a basic overall understanding of the material. He has gotten his grade up from an F to a mid-C, and the teacher has let him know that as long as he gets a C on this exam, his grade should be in good shape for the rest of the semester. He has shown great effort/discipline/enthusiasm/responsibility in improving his grades across the board for all of his classes this semester."
"The student and I worked on her recent material that covered the cardiovascular system and differences between human, fish, and bird vasculature. She will be doing an upcoming lab on dissection so she wanted to review the CVS for her lab. She just took a quiz that she felt comfortable with, but we wanted to review the important topics and complete a case study she needed for class."
"The student and I began discussing "the things Darwin didn't know." We focused this time on topics like genetic drift, speciation, and gene flow."
"The student and I went through the material for two upcoming quizzes, one of which is a make-up from much earlier in the semester. The first quiz is on animal energy use, including cellular respiration, cellular work, energy budgets, and the difference between endotherms and ectotherms. We reviewed these definitions and talked about the relationships between the concepts, and went into detail regarding all the ways animal regulate their internal temperature. The second quiz was from much earlier and was related to plant pigments, and RF ratios. We reviewed the most common plant pigments (what they are and how they work), as well as absorption and action spectra. We also went over the formula for calculating RF ratios in chromatography, and what these procedures can be used for. We also began talking about the Bio test, and the best way to approach the longer essays that touch on these themes. We plan to go back to our original day which is Tuesday."
"Today I helped go over the biology material with the student. I am working on a lesson for our next session."
"The student and reviewed principles of Mendelian Genetics such as dominance, recessive, Punnett Squares, phenotypes, genotypes, and other pertinent vocabulary."
"Biology test discussion. This is the last meeting as the student feels she is prepared for the test."