Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student and I reviewed concepts related to genetics that he will be responsible for on his exam. Genetic information, contained in the chromosomes was discussed as well as the differences between genotypes and phenotypes. We also performed Punnett square problems and reviewed codominant traits, homozygous and heterozygous traits, and how they relate to various diseases that are handed down to next generations. Finally, we reviewed blood typing in humans and why people with type O blood can be universal donors while people with type AB blood can be universal acceptors."
"I covered Kingdom Plantae, then reviewed DNA replication and mitosis. She needed help with the different stages of mitosis and name of the enzymes in DNA replication. I gave her some mnemonics to remember the stages in cell division, I also gave her a practice test and some questions from the SAT question bank."
"I started off this session by revisiting the student's goals for this class and specifically for our tutoring sessions. We discussed that in order to reach these goals it is important that she fully commit herself to the material, not only during our sessions but on her own as well. It is essential that she do the extra practice - such as writing/reviewing flashcards, essay writing, lecture review questions, etc. - so that our time together can be as productive as possible. We came up with a couple ways this ideal can be accomplished, specifically reviewing the lectures and writing down specific questions before we meet to keep us focused on topics that are most important. I hope that as we continue working together, She will show more and more personal initiative towards reaching her goals! We then jumped right into the next topic: cells. We talked about the orders of life, prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes, the extracellular matrix, and stem cells. I made a list of key terms for her to add to her flashcards, and we discussed what she will do to prepare for our next meeting: listen to the lecture audio, review the various learning videos posted by the professor, and answer the lecture questions."
"This was a great student to work with today. We watched a documentary about vaccines and how they help us stay healthy. We also talked about the immune system. I assigned her an essay about vaccines and how they are helpful. We are going to move on next time and talk about the immune system and circulatory system. She is great to work with and very interested in the material."
"The student and I completed and reviewed his entire ecology study guide which he will be tested on tomorrow. He has a firm grasp of the majority of the concepts; I highlighted (in blue) the concepts that he may need to review tonight or tomorrow morning prior to his exam. I also aided him in completing a worksheet that was assigned for homework which asked students to draw a food web using animals that live in their community. This activity demonstrated the interconnectedness of different species and how each animal can be eaten/eat multiple items in most cases-therefore demonstrating that isolation does not exist between even animals that might be suspected to be isolated from one another. He learned that the "tip" of an arrow points to the predator and the "tail" of an arrow points to the prey."
"Today, the student and I worked on his biology final review packet. We went over 44 questions on various subjects, ranging from biotechnology to evolution. He recollects a good amount of the information, but sometimes can't remember specific terms. With dedicating some time to memorizing certain definitions and terms, along with reading on tougher concepts for him, he will be prepared for his upcoming biology final. I suggested using acronyms, such as "King Philip Only Came Only For Good Spaghetti" for taxonomy order."