Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished reviewing chapter 14 of his biology textbook. Then we reviewed the main concepts for his test, focusing on the vocabulary words."
"Covered more details in RNA polymerase function, DNA replication, transcription factors (structure and function). Great session!"
"During today's session, the student and I primarily reviewed the material she has covered in biology since our last session, over one month ago. To begin, we looked at photosynthesis. We discussed the arrangement of photosystems, and how they functioned in combination with the other elements of the electron transport chain to create a proton gradient. We proceeded to talk about how this, in turn, could be harnessed to generate ATP, and ultimately, sugar. After this discussion of photosynthesis, we discussed the related process of cellular respiration, with particular emphasis put on the many similarities at the chemical level. Overall, I was pleased (and impressed) with the student's mastery of all of this content. She seemed to understand all of the important points, and most of the details to boot. We decided to utilize the remainder of the session to get ahead in biology. She opted to look at mitosis and meiosis, and we were able to make good progress. Overall, the session was very productive."
"The student and I reviewed a chapter and a half of environmental biology together. We covered methods of measuring animal and plant density, measuring population sizes, and designing experiments. We also took a little time to review questions for her chemistry test the next day at her request. At the end of the session, she had completed 1.5 more assignments that she is trying to make up for her class and was well prepared for her chemistry exam."
"We reviewed for the student's test. We worked through her study guide, which was on cellular respiration and photosynthesis. She recalled most of the information on her own and only needed help with a few details."
"- Clarified hypertonic, isotonic, hypotonic as a function of concentration. - Reviewed osmosis practice problems (direction of movement based on solute concentrations). - Worked on specificity as a goal in lab report writing."
"We covered meiosis and mitosis for an upcoming exam. The student seemed to have a thorough understanding of the subject matter."
"We went over two labs that the student had to do this week. She and I also talked about further test prep as her final approaches in the coming weeks."
"During the session, I helped the student go through a set of review questions regarding photosynthesis in plants. We went over structures in a plant leaf, the overall reactants/products, light dependent/independent reactions, and the difference between C3 and C4 plants. After answering these questions, she gained a deeper understanding of how plants use light energy and convert it into chemical energy."
"The student's test score increased from 75% (previous test) to 93% (latest test score). Test score average is 90%. Topics covered in last tutoring session: Intro Biochemistry: Chemistry of proteins, characteristics of proteins and enzymes, basic enzymatic mechanism, different pH environments for enzymes. Sugars: saccharides (mono & poly), basic sugar ring structure, monosaccharide linkage into polysaccharides. Lipids: phospholipids (cell membranes), glycerides/triglycerides. Carbohydrates: structure, types."
"Picking up where I left off in the previous session, we spent the entirety of the tutoring session solving genetic problems. We completed a total of 6 problem (each problem takes roughly 10-15 minute w/ explanation). The student improved significantly from our previous session. We will be doing more genetic problems next session."
"This session with the student went really well. We started by reviewing his recent biology exam, on which he scored a 93/100! We discussed all of the problems that he missed and wrote down the correct answers so that he can reference them for his final exam. He also has a quiz on Tuesday, so we went through sections 4.1-4.3, which covered cellular respiration and fermentation. We used the white board to draw out each step of cellular respiration and fermentation and discussed the differences and similarities between the two processes. We also reviewed a group lab assignment that he was working on and I gave him some suggestions on how to strengthen the report, which he will discuss with his group on Tuesday. He also retook a math exam on Friday and said that he felt pretty good about it. He finished his algebra homework and turned it in during class, so we mostly focused on reviewing sections 4.1-4.3. These sections are an introduction into graphing and I gave him some examples of parabola and hyperbola equations so that he can easily recognize these types of graphs. We had a little bit of extra time at the end so he and I reviewed the study skills that I suggested at the beginning of October. He told me that he mostly studies by reading through his notes and I reiterated the importance of using different study aids such as a white board or flash cards if he is having trouble remembering a difficult concept. We utilize a lot of visual aids during tutoring and I think this is helping the information stick in his brain. Overall this was a good session with him."