Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his biology homework for the whole session. During this time, we completed three full packets: two pertaining to transcription/translation of DNA and RNA, and the other one related to a lab that he just conducted. This was a very productive session."
"Today we reviewed main concepts of the digestive and excretory systems, using pathway diagrams and enzyme charts. In order to foster retention for both these pathways, the student recited the mechanisms for digestion and key steps along the GI tract, in addition to answering questions about the excretory system tubules. He also worked through several homework problems that tested these concepts, and will continue increasing his comfort and familiarity with both pathways in preparation for the Digestive and Excretory System exam this Thursday. He also was happy with his performance on the lab practical last week, so we are anticipating a high score soon."
"Today, we went over of the sub-units that were going to be covered on the student's upcoming test. It mostly focused on the chemistry of biology, including properties of water, solution concentration, stoichiometry, and functional groups. She had been looking at the material extensively on her own and knew how important it was for the course, but she had been struggling with some of the concepts. We discussed those in particular, and she found that she was able to connect all the information she had when it was presented to her in a novel way. The student was able to describe the difference between hydrogen bonds and covalent bonds, calculate percent solution, and identify major functional groups on a practice sheet before the session ended."
"The student and I looked at his grades and discussed a strategy to maximize his overall average. He mostly has to make 90+ on his final to bring his average to a B+. We will be maximizing opportunities between now and when his final takes place, to bring up his average. We read his biology chapter on chordates, reptiles, fish and mammals."
"We covered all the chapters that dealt with phylogeny and evolution. She wasn't struggling with any of the information because it mostly was just memorization. So I helped her with information that I thought might be important and quizzed her with some questions. Overall, this was a great session."
"The student is doing great on keeping track of homework due dates and she said she felt confident in her last test. This week we worked on meiosis. She seems to really understand the cycle and the process beyond what a lot of people at her level do."
"The student started a new topic in school. We went over the endocrine system, it's parts and the hormones secreted by the individual organs. We went over how hormones attach to target cells and how the endocrine differs from the nervous system. We also went over feedback inhibition and used the analogy of how thermostats function. We went over a packet that he got in school and discussed each problem."
"We put together a vocabulary list of all of the terms that she has encountered during her genetics section of the course. We will then go over this list in our next session and I will answer any questions she has."
"We went over her genetics quiz and reviewed genetics homework. I also helped her organize folders, notebooks and notes. I also showed her tips on how to do homework more effectively. I told her she needs to make index cards to help master content and review all class notes daily."
"During this session, a study guide was reviewed and partially completed for the upcoming midterm, which will cover evolution, genetics, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis. Most of the evolution portion was reviewed and memorized by the end of today's session."
"In this session, I helped the student prepare for her ecology test the next day. It was a fairly short unit compared to others, but it evolved around a keen understanding of the biological processes. We went into depth about the carbon, oxygen and nitrogen cycles and how those were interrelated with each and within the environment. We also focused on symbiosis, and I gave him many examples to practice to determine the type of symbiotic relationship in nature."
"The student and I worked on preparing for her upcoming exam this Thursday. The format is much different than her past tests, so we approached our studying a bit differently, by covering the subjects for which she may have to write an essay. There will be no multiple choice on her exam, but the subjects we worked on together were male and female reproductive anatomy, the menstrual cycle, and differences among many animal species of reproduction."