Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed concepts in photosynthesis, cellular respiration, enzymes, ecosystems, and evolution. We discussed these concepts and the types of problems that may be asked about them."
"Reviewed cellular respiration application questions. Covered photosynthesis. For last 30 minutes, went through problems for geometric proofs."
"This was our first session. The student and I went over a general outline of areas for review and resources. Then we went specifically into cellular respiration and photosynthesis."
"I reviewed through the student's entire biology packet to identify any subjects he had difficulties with. He seems to know his review packet very well. I asked him to check with his teacher to ensure that the review packet would cover the majority of his biology final. I also reviewed some things in algebra he still had trouble with, including compound inequalities."
"In our extended session today, the student and I discussed two project assignments - one for Biology and one for US History. For Biology, he was to complete a notes worksheet, two extended essays, and two bubble diagrams outlining various organ systems in plants and humans. He completed sections on the notes worksheet on the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system. For the first essay and double-bubble assignment, we compared and contrasted the vascular tissues of the plant (xylem and phloem) with the cardiovascular system of humans - detailing the pathways, cell types, structural arrangement, and functions of each system before outlining the similarities between plant and animal circulatory systems. For the second essay and double-bubble assignment, we outlined how the nervous and musculoskeletal systems worked together to allow for movement. In each system, we discussed the cell types, cell structure, purpose of each system, and how the systems individually contributed to movement. I supplemented information from the book and notes with short videos recapping the information. This electronic visual approach to learning seemed to help him with the concepts; I will integrate this into future sessions. Finally, we linked the two systems together for movement regulation. After discussing the Biology assignment, we moved onto US History where he was to complete a timeline of US foreign policy with pictures, text captions, and answer 5 short-response questions on the back. We assembled the cut-out dates and events and read through the chapter in the textbook that outlined when and why each development in foreign policy occurred. After discussing each event, he placed it on the timeline and included a representative picture for the scenario. After completing the timeline, he answered the 5 short-response questions about foreign policy, completing the assignment. We also looked on his school website and found his semester exams are the 22nd - 24th of January. We will review Geometry packets tomorrow in our session as preparation for his Math exam and outline a study schedule for his Geometry and Biology courses so he may prepare over the review week and weekend. Once he finds out the exact dates of those two exams, we will plan the dates of our tutoring sessions pertaining to the semester exams in more detail."
"The student and I continued to review with his online biology text. We started with a mini-quiz over the organelle functions and reviewed briefly the material from yesterday. The student and I proceeded to review principles of transport, dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis reactions."
"Today we reviewed transcription and translation. We watched various videos and reviewed all of the questions that were in the online homework."
"We continued utilizing the student's review packet to prepare for his final exam. Today we reviewed questions about DNA and protein synthesis. This material is review from first quarter so I needed to jog the student's memory a bit. With some short explanations he was able to recall the information. We also started practicing for the brief constructive response portion of the final exam. I have the student writing responses for all of the example BCRs because two of the examples will be on the test. We ended our session late this evening and will finish the BCR practice tomorrow. To close up this evening's session, I quizzed the student on various subjects from his review packet."
"Tonight we covered basic Mendelian genetics and some non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance (codominance, incomplete dominance, etc.). The student took an online quiz and seemed to grasp all of the basic concepts."
"In our session we began the nervous system. I left a study guide with the student to review for his upcoming quiz."
"During this session, the student and I discussed and went over her biology test on photosynthesis. We reviewed the concepts and worked on remembering the various equations that refer to the metabolic processes in the body."
"Today, I covered a basic assessment of the student's abilities in chemistry, biology, and her study skills and learning styles. She is primarily a kinesthetic learner and acquires information most easily when real-life examples are paired with diagrams and flow charts. Overall, her study habits are healthy, though we spoke about spacing her study sessions into spurts instead of long successive hours. Following this, we covered a basic review of aerobic and anaerobic respiration. Her next sessions will be continued basic review of essential biology principles and will include any new information obtained in her classes."