Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the digestive system today. We used her notes to review the human digestive system and then researched the dog digestive system to compare them. We found many differences between species consistent with differences between omnivores and carnivores. The student took notes on these differences for class presentation regarding the topic."
"The student and I did a review of all of the major systems of the human body. We then went through some questions that I put together based on the skeletal system, endocrine system, respiratory system, urinary system, and the digestive system. We then did a little bit more review of mitosis and meiosis in preparation for his exam coming up soon."
"In this session, I helped the student prepare for her biology test over photosynthesis & cellular respiration. We had already gone over both processes in detail in earlier sessions, so we focused on the key take away points & differences between the two. We discussed why both processes are important, the reactants/products involved, the location of the processes & the types of organisms that do each."
"We reviewed the basics of genetics in this session (Mendelian inheritance) and expanded on other complexities of inheritance detailed in the textbook."
"The student has read and reviewed the material more since last session, so we covered the section review questions, providing examples for each and explaining the answers to questions. One of the questions was "What are some factors that could affect plant succession?" We discussed succession and how it happens, after which he worked out some important environmental factors (weather and farming), and we worked out explaining the answers in greater detail. Providing examples and going into detail for answers to practice questions seems effective and should help him out with critical thinking questions on tests."
"We covered DNA replication, focusing mainly on transcription and translation. Student used some videos that his teacher had given him, and we broke them down piece by piece as we watched them to check his understanding. He understood at lot of the details and appeared to be doing really well with the concepts once given the opportunity to talk them out in some more detail."
"Student informed me that the respiratory system will not be covered on this upcoming exam. Therefore, we had time to spend reviewing all of the material that we have covered thus far (e.g. cardiovascular system, organization of the body, homeostasis, etc.). We created review charts from the slideshows that we have covered. Though he has retained much more information from our previous sessions, he still needs to spend more time with the details in order to successful within the course. We ended the session by drawing attention to specific charts to study this evening. Overall, these sessions have been more productive than our previous sessions, and he stated that he feels more comfortable going into this test."
"I had a good session with the student today. We covered some evolutionary topics (mainly history and origins of life), and I plan on reviewing them with him next session also, with starting some biological classification and mega fauna next session."
"In today's session we worked on geometry: special triangles (30-60-90, 45-45-90) and sine, cosine and tangent. The student is strong in arithmetic and he was very confident in working with special triangles. We worked to check his answers. When working with trigonometry he was also fairly comfortable. We discussed some more complex questions involving multiple trigonometric expressions. After practicing those concepts with the practice test, he felt more confident."
"Student has a test on Monday so we went over the material for that. Topics covered: DNA replication DNA transcription DNA translation (all involved molecules for each). We then moved onto protein synthesis: - initiation, elongation, termination (all involved molecules). We also covered DNA mutations."
"We covered the basic molecules of biology such as carbs, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. We talked about the structure of each and how the molecules are formed and broken down with dehydration and hydrolysis. We started an experiment on making "naked eggs" by adding eggs in vinegar, and we also "cooked" an egg with alcohol to demonstrate denaturation of proteins. We will used the "naked eggs" to demonstrate osmosis next time. I will try to show him some examples in my lab next week."
"This week in biology, we continued with DNA and transcription and translation. The student had a good understanding on the processes of protein synthesis and the structure of DNA. In our session, we completed a lab activity that went with the chapters we went over last week. Overall, the hands on experience required her to understand both the structure of DNA as well as the processes associated with transcription and translation. She was able to answer most of the questions at the end without any guidance."