Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked with her textbook to prepare for Monday's test. We reviewed the carbon cycle, the origin of fossil fuels, and energy flow through the food web. She understood these concepts thoroughly. She and I plan on meeting again this weekend to continue preparing for her test."
"We discussed the differences between the characteristics of bryophytes and other land plants, the evolutionary relationships that exist between different land plants, the difference between microspores and megaspores, the life cycles of mosses, ferns, conifers, and angiosperms, leaf structure (cuticle, trichomes, stomata, guard cells, palisade cells), characteristics of xylem and phloem, the process of mineral uptake in roots, and synapomorphies in different groups of land plants. She has a great attitude toward learning the information."
"The student had a lab on how changes in the environment affect enzymatic activity. She had already completed most of the questions and just needed help with the analysis and write-up. As mentioned previously, we are working to develop her scientific vocabulary so that she can explain the concepts accurately. She was able to describe the negative controls in the experiment and interpret the results in the context of her hypothesis. She did not totally understand the significance of pH, as the concept was new to her. We discussed linear relationships in data and how to present results using charts and tables. She is becoming more comfortable describing the results in her own words."
"We reviewed for the student's test in biology. We went over cell organelles and functions, the cell theory, diffusion/osmosis, transportation of materials into/out of the cell, and the three types of solutions."
"We covered mitosis in detail. The most challenging part for anyone when talking about mitosis is all the new terminology. The student did well with this, and I just kept doing pop quizzes along the way to make sure she had the terminology down. We drew a lot of pictures and made charts explaining the details of each phase of mitosis."
"Today we went over the student's Bio homework, which was about analyzing and comparing data sets. After we finished that, we did some more work with a language app. I can already see improvements in his retention of vocabulary. I think if he slowed down a bit that he could benefit even more. I think his schoolwork will pick up next week when he begins new units in geometry and Spanish."