Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was a good session today. We covered the electron transport chain and photosynthesis to prepare the student for his exam. He seemed a little lost at times, but overall I think he is going to do well on his exam. Since his exam is tomorrow, I told him to continue to study and if he has any questions, to email or text me so I could make sure he fully understood the content. I will be scheduling a lesson for Wednesday, but I told him to email me and let me know how he felt the test went."
"We went over the genetics test that the student took last week and specifically the questions she got wrong. She is implementing the multiple choice test strategy successfully, and for the five or so questions she got wrong, was able to eliminate the obvious wrong answers. We then reviewed two of the lab experiments that she was told to do at home."
"We discussed information that has been covered since our last session. The student scored 70% on her vocabulary quiz. She is now covering chapters 13 and 14 for the next test. We completed 3 sections of test topics with review. We are incorporating charts and pictures in our sessions to assist her with visual cues that will help her remember the content. I left 11 vocabulary words for her to complete for Friday's session."
"Instead of a session, a complete detailed, typed outline of notes describing every facet of the bio lab project was created, up to the graph creation point. It included topics of the previous sessions handwritten notes, but in more detail, and with extra help through online videos."
"The student and I reviewed cellular reproduction including stages, main events and outcomes of cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis. We also discussed how cancer can happen when cell division is not regulated. We reviewed how mutations can happen and the potential implications of genetic mutations. I feel very confident that she is going to do very well on her exam tomorrow!"
"We reviewed genetics in preparation for the student's test, using an online review test assignment and practice test questions on this platform. She seems to be retaining the information well. Perhaps the hardest part for her is DNA structure, so we will continue to review that."
"Today was our second lesson together. We started the session by reviewing specific questions from the student's last test which covered photosynthesis and cellular respiration. She took notice of the questions she found difficult on her exam, and made sure to ask for clarification during our session. We also reviewed a missed question from a previous homework assignment we worked on, on which she scored an 18/20. After going over review questions, we started working on the next unit, cell division and reproduction. Although she doesn't start this unit until next week, we began going over basic definitions and concepts in this chapter. She was motivated and stayed positive throughout the session. I left her with a few question/answers and diagrams to review before our next session."
"In our last session, the student and I began studying the classification system used by scientists to classify living organisms. Primarily we discussed the 3 domains, what makes each one different from the other, and noted that the vast majority of diversity and quantity of living organisms we encounter in most spheres of life belongs to one domain. To that effect, we studied the domain Eukarya in more detail and learned the further subdivisions (Kingdoms) within that domain."
"We worked on the student's online microscope assignment. The assignment involved a simulation that allowed her to practice loading a slide onto a microscope, focusing it, and using the magnifications to look at specimens. This was good practice for getting comfortable with the parts of a microscope, but I made it clear to her that using a real microscope doesn't follow the exact steps that were taught in her assignment."
"During our time together, the student and I worked hard at completing his biology pre-lab write up, as well as preparing for his upcoming biology exam (covering genetic engineering and other ideas relating to aspects on the cellular level). As always, this was a very productive session and I sincerely look forward to working with him again on Thursday."
"The students had an exam on Friday. This exam covered the central Dogma: DNA --> RNA --> Protein. Transcription and Translation. The girls had practice problems to practice replication, transcription and translation. We covered the differences between DNA and RNA and the three types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA and rRNA). I was satisfied with their progress. As the school year progresses, it gives me more opportunities to tie different topics together such as parts of the cell to the location of the different processes, and the monomer of amino acids and protein structure to protein building. This was helpful to demonstrate the differences in silent vs missense vs nonsense mutations."
"We worked on the student's end-of-chapter reviews. We covered basic traits of the five kingdoms of life - motility, cell number, cell walls, eukaryotic vs prokaryotic etc. We discussed biodiversity and speciation."