Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed her homework packet due tomorrow. The pack was on cellular respiration and consisted of true/ false questions, a reading + open response section, and filling in a flow chart. The true/ false questions were on both cellular respiration and photosynthesis, so we used that opportunity to go over the big concepts in both. The reading was on the electron transport chain, and as we went over the questions together, I made sure to cover the total ATP produced and where they came from, as well as the role of H+, electrons, and ATP synthase in the process. The flowchart was the overview of cellular respiration: glycolysis --> fermentation or aerobic respiration --> Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. I had made some charts and diagrams for the student on photosynthesis and cellular respiration; she found them helpful and we referred to them constantly throughout our session. Then, in preparation for her exam in a week, we went over the questions on the review sheet her teacher gave her. There were ten big concept questions, on both photosynthesis and cellular respiration. We went over each of them in detail and I added more diagrams to the ones I had prepared for her. I also had her take notes on each question in a notebook, and she seemed to have a better understanding of the material by the end. Her teacher has not finished all of photosynthesis yet; they have not talked about C3, C4, CAM plants, or the Calvin cycle in detail. We are going to continue reviewing at our next sessions. We both (as well as her mother) feel that her textbook is inadequate, so I'm going to find some online material for her to read that will hopefully be good supplements to her textbook material."
"The student and I covered Mendelian genetics. We went through some general concepts of understanding and then covered the worksheets he was given in class. He definitely understood what was going on in terms of Punnett Squares and patterns of inheritance, but he struggled sometimes with understanding the question. Often, when I told him to reattempt a question he would realize his misunderstanding from the first time around and correct it. I was pleased with this session and look forward to covering further material in the next one."
"The student and I met today for the first time, and we spent most of the session going over her specific habits as a student and learner. We also talked about her previous Biology classes: the professor, the materials, tests, and activities as well as what was most difficult for her. Then we jumped right into DNA replication, specifically going over the various enzymes involved and complex differences between the leading and lagging template strands. Overall, I got a good picture of how to move forward with her. We agreed that she will answer the available essay questions and provided topic questions before we meet next, so that we might go over them together. She is also going to keep track of the specific topics that are particularly challenging for her so that we can attack those as well. We are going to meet again on Wednesday to continue getting her ready for next week's test."