Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started the session going over biology with the Student A. She has a test tomorrow on the immune system, bacteria, and viruses. We went through the PowerPoints together, talking through each topic, and then again through the notes. We went through them all a couple times, and I would be quizzing her as well and helping to sort out the ideas in her head as she explained them. Finally, we went through the possible short answers that could be on the test. She answered them all very well. She has all of the main concepts down. Next, I worked with Student B for a little bit. We went through some questions she had on her chapter review, which concerned scientific notation. After some proof between changing between a positive and negative exponent and multiplication and division, she understand the notation very well. We then worked on some geometry that we found in the book, which concerned areas of shapes and classification of the shapes. In doing this, I also taught her the Pythagorean theorem. I also taught her a little bit about parallel lines with a tranverse going through them creating supplementary and congruent angles. Continuing on, I worked with Student C on some pre-calculus. He was doing test corrections and needed help with finding the roots of a quadratic equation by factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula. After a short explanation for the first problem, he solved the rest of the them without help. His only need on the quadratic formula was memorizing the formula and the final step of separating the plus and minus."
"Today we looked at and compared Mitosis and Meiosis. We then began to look at the beginning of Mendelian Genetics."
"The student and I worked through a few AP tests in order to prep her for her upcoming bio AP which is tomorrow. We also worked through the numbers for cellular respiration and photosynthesis."
"Today the student and I reviewed a practice SAT II test he completed over the weekend, using the questions he got wrong as areas for review."
"We reviewed photosynthesis, including light dependent/independent reactions, the Calvin Cycle, and alternate types of photosynthesis."
"The student and I went over the topics for her next test, DNA synthesis and replication. Next time we will go over protein synthesis. The student seemed to understand the topics we discussed."
"This session was a continuation of the previous one. The majority of this session was review of the previously covered material, along with a continuation into material dealing with plant hormones and tropisms, along with growing patterns and stimuli responses."
"The student completed several worksheets on lungs and the respiratory system, studied for the quiz, and completed the lab on lung capacity. Read chapter 7 and took reading notes."
"Today the student and I covered the following: Ecology, Biomes and ecosystems, Water cycle and carbon cycle, fossil fuels and other energy sources sustainability."
"It was a big review day for the speciation and exam. The student and I went over a lot of practice problems, vocabulary review, and many examples. The session went well and the student was very focused."
"The student and I worked on both geometry and biology. She had a homework set of geometry that covered using ratios for scalar quantities, area and volume. We then spent the rest of the session on biology. She had PowerPoint presentation slides that she wanted to go over and discuss diagrams/concepts. The material primarily focused on organ systems - nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems specifically. Overall, the student did well."
"We spent the entire session going over the male and female reproductive systems, which the student has been learning about for the last few weeks in Biology. First I had her print out anatomical diagrams and we practiced labeling the male one. As we labeled, I explained the functions of the different structures. After reviewing the anatomy, we went over some of her class worksheets, which illuminated how the ovulation cycle works, along with how it corresponds with hormone spikes and troughs. We discussed ovulation and menstruation in detail, and she seemed to understand quite well. Next, we talked about the foramen ovale, the fetal structure that shunts blood from the right atrium to the left atrium, bypassing the lung. I compared fetal and normal circulation to illustrate what the foramen ovale does, and then I explained why fetuses do not need pulmonary circulation because of the umbilical cord and because their lungs are not fully formed. Finally, we talked about how babies are born, discussing how the myometrium contracts due to a spike in oxytocin. We also talked about cervical dilation and what issues there may be during childbirth, along with how these issues could be addressed. Overall, she really seemed to have a good understanding of all the concepts we discussed by the end of our session."