Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started today's session with a short exercise on the order of life; I had the student put a list of components of the cell and body in order from smallest to largest. This helped us segue into the first essay topic: cell types and stem cells. Since the essay portion of the student's tests is so heavily stressed by the professor - composing half of her grade - we have decided to really focus on them moving forward. We broke the question up, answering each bullet point in turn. We would discuss the bullet point, such as the four structural components of all cells or the difference between embryonic and stomatic stem cells, and then the student would write out the answer in full sentences. The object is to have a fully correct and written out essay response at the end, which she can then use as a study guide and template for practicing the essay questions."
"Today, I discussed some of the opening principles of ecology with the students. We started by reviewing the homework that I had assigned them. Afterward, I gave them each two vocabulary terms from the previous lesson and had them define the words. Most of them gave correct definitions. We began the ecology discussion with energy and biomass pyramids. Each student participated in this discussion. They all asked questions which pertained to the material. I then had them draw up an energy pyramid and biomass pyramid with labels. From this activity, they were able to visualize how and why energy pyramids were unidirectional while biomass pyramids had a lot of recycling. We finished the lesson with a discussion about organism-organism relationships. At the end, I assigned them reading from their textbook along with questions that pertained to the material. On the whole, the participation levels were a lot higher."
"Today my client and I covered genetics. We discussed how to draw Punnett squares, replication of DNA chromosomes, etc. The student was truly positive toward the material in which we reviewed, he asked questions when he didn't fully understand something. He has a study guide from class in which he can spend time going over. He was very well prepared, I can tell that he spends some time studying on his own and going over the materials alone for he showed understanding of the material. We discussed an old exam in which we talked about what he felt his strengths and weaknesses were during exam time."
"We covered trigonometry and how to apply sine, cosine, and tan to different triangles. The student was struggling with how to apply the different functions to the triangle. However, she was interested in learning the technique and was able to apply the different functions (sine, cosine, tan) to the triangle by the end."
"The student has a test Wednesday, so we prepared for it by going over a few study guides she had sent me. For each section, we began by covering the topics she had questions about and then I elaborated upon and pointed out the most important concepts to ensure she understood them."
"We finished reviewing the rest of the student's study guide focusing on carbon cycling, photosynthesis, and respiration. Once we finished the new stuff, we reviewed the questions that we went over yesterday. Good luck on your final exam!"