Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The format of our tutoring sessions is that the student acts as the teacher and teaches me the material he learned from the slides. If I see he doesn't understand something or he is missing a point, I teach it to him. Then, he reteaches it back to me so I make sure he understands it. We went through Chapter 25. The student knew most of the information, and I filled in only a few points. Before his test, we will review the chapters in a much shorter fashion. We started the next chapter. Initially, the student was not sure how do the Hardy-Weinberg equation, so we went over the slides and discussed the process. After showing him how to do some examples, he was able to do the sample questions provided and understood how to use the equation. He then successfully taught it back to me. He was very focused the whole time and followed my instructions."
"During this session, we covered cell structure and function, cell transport, and cell growth and division. We began with reviewing past quizzes the student has taken within the unit. She has a unit test this week, and we will be able to see the progress she has made. We watched a video animation on osmosis and tonicity to help her best conceptualize the information, and then we did a few practice problems. I left her with some sample test problems for the unit and the answer key."
"We met and discussed the previous three lectures. We decided it would be best to review Chapter 4 and outline a plan for preparing for the upcoming exam. We used the text to explore the various figures on cell structure and organelle function. We had in-depth discussions of the cell membrane, cell surface proteins, the cytoskeleton, and the general differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. This led to questions on the types of cytoskeleton macromolecules and the difference between the organelles located in plant and animal cells. We used the text and the internet to answer these questions, and she took diligent notes for further review. Next, we tackled various summary themes for the chapter, and we discussed the endomembrane structure and the differences between a cell nucleus in eukaryotic cells and a cell nucleoid in prokaryotic cells. We ended the session by quickly looking at the important vocabulary terms from the chapter and glancing at the material covered in Chapter 5. I relayed to her that I would be available for an additional session before the exam if she felt it necessary."
"The student and I reviewed some of the goals of our meetings and her overall intentions taking the class and majoring in nursing. We first broadly reviewed the topics of cell respiration and photosynthesis that she will be tested on next week. Then we looked at the specific PowerPoints provided by her professor as well as my own supplied textbook. I explained concepts that were not well understood, which seemed to augment her comfort with the content. I explained some of the important points to consider when taking a college science exam, including the priority of depth of knowledge. Moving forward, I will be providing her with some opportunities to practice the concepts with sample problems and reviewing them in preparation for the upcoming exam."
"We reviewed the major components of eukaryotic cells, the cell cycle, stages of cell division, differing solutions on the cell, transport, signaling, and cell adhesion (anchor, gap, and tight junctions)."
"We covered DNA, the major scientists involved in the discovery of DNA structure, function, etc. We also reviewed lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids in terms of their function and structure. I told the student I would type up an overview of the scientists and send it to her via email."