Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a previous biology assignment that she wanted to complete, so she worked to complete that assignment. It covered the theory of natural selection and chapter 16. She finished the assignment."
"The student had an exam regarding the muscular and skeletal system; therefore, we reviewed each of the different parts and how the system functions. At the beginning of the session, I always ask her fundamental questions to test her knowledge about the subject, such as the basic function of the systems and important components. Afterwards, we would review each section while making a chart of some sort to help her organize her thoughts. Whenever anything confuses her, she always asks appropriate clarifying questions to make sure she understands what we are reviewing. Her questions ensure that she is paying attention during the session."
"We covered lab report requirements and statistical requirements for a lab report. I have asked the student to complete as much of the discussion as possible so that we can cover more information."
"I met with this student to review the cardiovascular, circulatory, and respiratory systems. She had several small assessments (quizzes and tests), as well as slides from class that outlined which specific concepts were being covered. Her teacher had also provided information about an upcoming lab where students would be dissecting a cow's heart. The student and I discussed the structure and function of the heart and what its role is within the human body. We then looked at blood vessels and practiced comparing and contrasting them. Finally, she and I reviewed blood cell structures and varieties, identifying red versus white blood cells and the multitude of blood groups."
"The student and I went over evolution, geologic dating, and human evolution for a test. Although she was fuzzy on some of the finer details from the material covered last time, she overall grasped the main concepts. If she studies from the book a little bit more, she will do very well on her test."
"This week, we worked on preparing for a retake on rationals tomorrow and on working with new biology concepts. We started by redoing exam questions from a previous exam. The student solved these problems in short order, commenting that he didn't know why he didn't understand before. This definitely bodes well for the retake! We then moved on to Biology, working in a new unit: evolutionary biology and taxonomy. We went over half of a study guide - reviewing prokaryotes and bacteria. We will continue to work on this unit next week. He seemed more confident in his studying and was asking a number of questions beyond what he was learning. This demonstrates engagement in the material, which is great to see."