Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my first session with this student, we covered mainly the different types of cells and their structures. We also went over osmosis, passive and active transport, cell respiration, and photosynthesis. Since he is a visual learner I used pictures during my explanations, either from his textbook, class worksheets, or simple drawings I made myself on a whiteboard. I do think that the student has a clearer understanding of these concepts after that session, but we also covered a lot of different material in one session. We will be going over the same material again in our next session to make sure that he is prepared for his test this week."
"In this session, the student completed a short biology assignment and began work on her study guide. She immediately pulled out her notes which was great. We covered eukaryotic organelles, the differences between plant and animal cells and cell theory. She completed the assignment with ease and excitement. I told her once she gets through the basics, it becomes more interesting and fun. She has been placed on the honor roll and has an A+ in biology. Within her study guide, we discussed different microscope types. This was the only topic on which she was fuzzy. We began working on the fluid mosaic model and the types of transport proteins when we reached the end of the content she has covered in class. Today was an excellent session."
"The student has a quiz on DNA replication on Friday and a test on DNA and cell cycle on Monday. We reviewed the stages of the cell cycle, checkpoints, and vocab. She is pretty solid on all of this except some of the vocab. We covered the steps of DNA replication and addressed her misunderstandings. We made a review sheet for cell cycle and a flow diagram of DNA replication to use as a study guide. She is to review her labs and memorize historical geneticists for Thursday."
"The student and I had a very productive session today. We covered the carbon cycle and how species richness affects community diversity. We also discussed how immigration and emigration affected species richness when compared to size of habitat and distance from mainland. She compiled her notes into very succinct outlines and has a very aggressive study plan for our next session and upcoming test!"
"We covered meiosis and mitosis. The student needed help with understanding the difference between mitosis and meiosis but at the end she understood. She was eager to learn. I would ask her to repeat the concept once we went over it. She got a 91 on her past test which is a huge improvement. She really understood how meiosis works at the end of our session."
"The student and I went over the material she is going to be tested on during the coming week at school, which includes cell membranes, membrane transport, and the fundamental organic macromolecules and their traits. She was engaged and quickly picked up the material as I explained it to her. We discussed using her prep book as a guide for what would be on her school's exam."