Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over her latest lab, which involved reproductive organismal biology. This was a relatively new concept for her and the lab questions were not very relevant to the pig fetus dissection lab they performed. We worked through the questions by acquiring background knowledge from the book."
"We spent a majority of our time with Biology, as she has a quiz coming up on Wednesday. Since she has not started chapter 10-1 and 10-2, we focused on the general concepts of the material. We went over cell division, and how prokaryotes reproduce differently than eukaryotes. We talked about budding, and how there is not genetic variation in asexual reproduction. We then went over mitosis, and the different steps involved in this. We drew them out and wrote them out to hopefully help her understand and memorize the different steps. In Geometry, we went over the 3 sections for her upcoming quiz. We talked about altitudes, and how the altitude is the point from the vertex to the opposite side creating a 90 degree angle. This is useful for finding areas (and for other reasons she will soon see!). We also talked about the median, and how the median will split a side into two congruent pieces--this concept is similar to when an angle is bisected, but applies to a side instead. Lastly, we went over the different types of triangles and how to incorporate them into proofs. The student just needs to make sure that all the steps are connected, and that the reasons are correct. Work on problems where she needs to use the addition and subtraction properties!"
"Reviewed the circulatory system, including blood vessels, blood flow, the structure of the heart, and disease states associated with the blood. The student was very interested and asked a lot of questions; it seemed to be a very productive session."
"We went through the class lecture notes for phylogenetic trees and genetic drift, reviewed the online quiz problems from last week, and started working on the practice test."
"We covered chapter 4 of her textbook which was based on the different organelles in the animal and plant cell. We achieved the student's being able to understand and differentiate between the different organelles and cells as well as an understanding of how to study for upper level science courses. She left seeming to have a very good concept of the material and much more confident in her studies."
"The student and I read over a scientific article that the professor had assigned. The article dealt with different plant mutations and how the mutations affected plant growth and development. We went over each figure, table, and graph in the article and understood conceptually what the scientists were trying to report. After discussing the article, we answered questions that the professor had assigned which were related to the article. He seems prepared for the upcoming lab which will focus on this article."
"This was the student's first session. We worked on topics including DNA and RNA structure, solubility, genetic diseases and some basic organic chemistry needed to understand certain parts of pre-AP biology."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed for Immunology class. We reviewed the complement system. More specifically, we reviewed how the immune system is able to respond to the numerous antigens it is exposed to."
"Discussed Mitosis and Meiosis. Formulated potential test questions related to processes that have stopped functioning in the cell."
"Covered more on DNA replication and the minute details in all the associated proteins, transporters, and molecules involved. Great session!"
"Had a good exam prep session. The student was pretty firm on the ideas and connections and was starting to map the complex vocabulary onto the ideas."
"Continued to review for test. Discussed upcoming deadlines and what we wanted to work on for next week. Because we met on Friday, there was not a lot of new work."