Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student and I completed additional practice problems for her upcoming genetics exam, and made a study guide on all of the material in the unit from her class notes. She seems confident with the information. We created the study guide as a study strategy, and she will continue to use the guide as a reference as she studies for her exam. We will evaluate our progress in this unit after she receives her score back next week."
"We had a session the other day and we covered her study habits for her exam coming up. She wanted to focus on different ways and approaches to study. There was a vast amount of material so all of it couldn't be covered in the single section. However we did go over certain subjects that she was struggling with and we discussed and subjects as well as different types of approaches for study"
"We covered how chromosomes move in mitosis and meiosis, the purpose of these two processes, and what would happen if the chromosomes didn't split properly."
"We went over meiosis, which he had covered in class yesterday. He will read the section on meiosis in the textbook before his next class. Once he gets access to the website for his class we will be able to go over material before he sees it in class."
"We covered basic Mendelian genetics. We also discussed how you can sometimes determine an organism's genotype for a gene just based on phenotype. We were working on this set of material for the first time, but the student seems to be picking it up well."
"Yesterday, the student and I were able to review the remainder of the material for her second test. Topics included Punnett Squares, DNA transcription and translation. She had a really good understanding of base pairs and was able to write the complementary sequence of both RNA and DNA when given a template strand. Additionally, after a little explanation, she understood the interrelationship between dominant and recessive alleles, could fill out Punnett Squares correctly, and identify homozygous/heterozygous genotypes. I feel that this most recent session was our best yet and that she is learning the concepts in this unity more efficiently than the last. I was also pleased to see that she had a really good study tool and a fairly comprehensive list of quiz questions that her friend had made to practice for the next couple of days before the exam."
"He has a Biology exam on Friday, so we went over his study guide. We discussed meiosis and mitosis, chromosomes, cell cycle, and cancer at the cellular level. He had a good understanding of the material, but we went through the study guide and clarified all the topics he was unsure about or had questions on. We recorded all our notes on his laptop, so he'll be able to study them before his test. I feel confident that he will do well on his exam."
"We discussed asexual vs sexual reproduction before honing in on sexual reproduction and how the female body prepares for pregnancy. Discussed the menstrual cycle and the hormones involved along with the affects the hormones have on the body. Went over the female organs involved in the reproductive process. I helped with some homework questions pertaining to the development of the embryo in the uterus. We then moved onto Cell division and Mitosis at the student's request. We went through each step and what happens during each. Then we went over meiosis and the difference between it and mitosis. Emphasized how the chromosome number is halved and why during the process."
"We covered some Ecology vocabulary for a new unit starting as of today. The student struggled on just a couple of vocabulary terms that just need to be reviewed more often to cement into memory. The student's attitude was extremely positive and enjoyed the new topic area. We did a drill on the vocabulary words over and over until I felt he could recall the definitions easily. I suggested that he and some friends drill each other when they had time to do so. Unfortunately, since this is a brand new unit I didn't get the chance to see how his progress is doing on Ecology. My only concern is that my student will be getting some new content regarding Ecology that might be difficult for him. He knows the current information that he just obtained from his teacher today. I know that more difficult content will be coming in the days to follow. If he were to have a surprise quiz on the vocabulary we went over today, he would ace it."
"Today, we worked on a project that the student had to do for her biology class. The project required her to make a food web based on a marine ecosystem in San Diego county. She picked La Jolla Cove. I helped her do the research to find out what the major predators, prey, and producers were in that ecosystem and together we figured out how everything related in the food chain. This was a really fun project because it is an area that is very close to where she lives and so she was able to think about animals she had seen there (such as seals) and learn about animals she didn't know lived there (such as barracudas and squid)."
"The student and I met on Sunday morning to continue reviewing his biology work. We began by reviewing the concepts we talked about last week. He seemed to remember what we had discussed and was able to think critically when asked hypothetical questions. We then continued to work on the current lessons. Between last week and this week, I can see that he is making progress and this is encouraging."
"We covered evolution. The student was struggling with types of natural selection (directional, disruptive, etc.) and what types of questions could appear on the exam. The student appeared very interested and engaged by the material. We talked about how to study for the exam. Extra practice was to go over her notes again."