Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student and I did a review of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. She was still having problems with understanding the flow of electrons in both cellular respiration and photosynthesis, and we discussed photosynthesis in more depth, however by the end of the session, she was well on her way to doing well on her upcoming test. We completed the worksheets together, and next week I will be bringing a practice quiz for us to determine what more we should practice before her test."
"The student and I worked on natural selection and evolution. We first covered the biological periods from the beginning of life on Earth to present and went over the important points in each period. Then we went over the differences between Lamarck and Darwin's theories regarding inheritance and evolution. Lastly, we covered the different vocabulary associated with evolution such as gradualism, punctuated equilibrium, and the different types of selection."
"The main topics this session were cell division - the reasons for it and the mechanisms of it - as well as deviations in normal cell division (that typically lead to a tumor or cancer). I loaned the student a "primer" book on biology that I've used before to give students another look at many biology topics. We went over the reasons for cell division such as tissue repair, growth & development, and reproduction. To more fully understand cell division, I explained to him the cell cycle - a topic he wasn't that familiar with, but by the end of the session he seemed to grasp. We went over interphase, mitosis, cytokinesis, as well at the role of DNA in cell division. We covered DNA replication, mutations, and the related topic of apoptosis (programmed cell death). I used drawings and mini-quizzes to reinforce the material I was teaching him."
"The student and I covered all of her chapter on mitosis, which will be tested on this week. We also discussed studying techniques to help her as she prepares for the exam. One of her strengths is the ability to grasp the big picture concepts."
"Today, this student and I had a 3 hour session in order to help him prepare for his upcoming biology exam on Tuesday. We went through the study guide that his teacher provided. I structured the tutoring session by letting him explain the concepts that were going to be covered. This was to ensure that he could articulate the concepts and experiments well. We covered topics in molecular biology (DNA replication, Transcription/Translation, and regulation of gene expression)."
"During this session, we reviewed for the student's test that is this week. We reviewed the different phases of mitosis and also reviewed the structure and function of DNA and RNA, including where they are located in the cell and what they do. This was a lot of information for him and he struggled some with keeping everything straight in his mind, but I felt like we made progress during the session."
"For this session, we focused on the current reading for the student's biology course and how to study effectively for a biology test. His class has moved from genetic engineering to ecology and ecosystem science (fun!) and we worked on how to study for vocabulary and relevant biological systems and processes. He is good at defining vocabulary but is struggling with going into detail or providing examples. We also worked on using online sources to better understand any biology concepts that he may need help on."
"We went through her notes for her exam. I explained and showed the pictures for each term to make sure she understands them. We covered different terms on skeletal and muscular system. She understood the concept and she is doing well."
"In today's session, we mainly focused on math and geometry. The student had two assignment worksheets. Both covered special right triangles, 30-60-90, 45-45-90. He was good at working with radicals and did not get confused when he had to switch between multiplying and dividing the radical twos and threes. We finished checking and working his homework, and he seemed to be much more confident in those topics."
"Today, the student and I discussed concepts in biology relating to cellular division, the cell cycle, and how abhorrent cell cycle progression can lead to cancer. We discussed binary fission, details regarding commitment to the cell cycle, and some key molecules (i.e., cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinase, and RBP)."
"Today, we covered mitosis, meiosis, the importance of sexual reproduction, and Mendelian genetics. The student did a good job with remembering key components of each phase. He was also very confident about Punnett squares and seemed to take a lot of interest in the biology behind cancer and genetic diseases."
"We covered the origin of life and prokaryotes today, including bacteria, archaea, and viruses. We covered the HIV virus life cycle in addition to the lytic/lysogenic cycles of viruses. We also cleared up the different types of metabolism of bacteria, which were giving the student some trouble. At the end of the chapter, we covered the quiz questions, which he was able to answer correctly."