Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we focused on the classification of animals. We discussed specific distinctions between phyla and some important characteristics along the way. Examples include distinguishing between protostomes and deuterostomes, notochords, developmental layers, and other evolutionary hallmarks that go into classification. We worked through his unit objectives with ease and this worked as practice for what he should know for the exam. I recommended that he use notecards to prepare and that making a few note cards every day will help him to retain information. We finished with some quizzing. His teacher had a microbiology PowerPoint so we did some review of older units by quizzing the student on what he remembered."
"Today we went over digestive systems of different organisms. We started off comparing the digestive tracts of invertebrates to vertebrates, but most of the PowerPoint and study guide focused on the human digestive tract. Then we moved on to the nervous system. We started with defining what a neuron is and how electric pulses pass between them. I also provided her with a relatively simple online video that covers action potential. There is a lot of material in this section, and much of it is strictly memorization. I gave her tips on how to memorize some of the words, and I recommended that she make flash cards. I also suggested that she cover up the words in her diagram of the human digestive tract and turn it into a fill-in-the-blank diagram for her to practice."
"Today we covered her new PowerPoint on the nervous system. We discussed topics including the structure, organization, and evolution of the vertebrate nervous system, neuron structure, action potentials, and neurotransmitters. We also discussed specifics of the five senses. Finally we briefly covered the brain and how it's generally organized."
"Test tomorrow so we went over the PowerPoints, with emphasis on trophic structure, the carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen and water cycle, then biomagnification and human effects and pollution on each of the cycles. We then did a few practice questions."
"In this session, we worked to go over the study guide homework that was assigned in class about ecological succession. The student has no problem understanding these concepts and went through it quickly. We also went over how she was doing in the class. I made sure that she had finished all that had been assigned."
"In this session we focused on cellular respiration. We discussed the reactants and products of glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and the electron transport chain as well as their implications and relations to other biologic processes. We also discussed fermentation to the same degree."