Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our discussion of muscle physiology today. We discussed the histology of muscle fibers and how its structure relates to muscle contraction. We talked about the different types of muscle fibers and compared/contrasted them. Finally we discussed fatigue- the different levels at which fatigue can occur during exercise, the causes of fatigue, and recovery from fatigue."
"Introduction and understanding difficulties of course. Went over week 3 notes in conjunction with textbook to have a better understanding of the concept of action potential relating to the neuromuscular junction. Briefly went over skeletal and smooth muscle sections. Session was very successful."
"The student and I had another productive session. We finished covering the entirety of renal physiology, from renal blood flow to the collecting duct and urinary concentration. We discussed the influence of hormones on distal tubule reabsorption, as well as the specific transporters involved in sodium, calcium, phosphate, potassium, and magnesium absorption. We will be working on acid/base balance and hemostasis next session."
"Yesterday afternoon we continued where we left off in the session prior, and spent the entire duration studying the chemical composition of the body. I believe the depth we went into really helped the student better understand the material and helped her prepare for the remainder of the section that we covered, such as polar & nonpolar covalent bonds, ionic bonds, H-bonding, etc. We also ended up covering some of the macromolecules in the body (carbohydrates and lipids), but we will continue this subject for next time and we will cover proteins and nucleic acids. I really believe the student is getting a good feel for the material and I know she will be a successful student. We plan on meeting at the same day and time next week."
"Today's session was focused on helping the student identify content she needed to learn and strategies she could utilize to learn that content. To begin with, I provided her with my old college biology textbook, with the hope that it's relatively simple language and the lower level from which it approaches content would allow her to form a scaffolding into which she could integrate the higher level content supplied by her textbook. Next, she and I went through both texts and I marked critical information, answered questions about the information, and taught the best techniques for learning the information. We concluded the session by setting a study schedule and watching a few videos related to challenging concepts."
"We discussed the organization of the muscle cell and tissue. Starting at the lowest level of organization, the student and I worked up to the tissue level, integrating concepts from her class at each step. Periodically I quizzed her or asked her to restate a concept we had just discussed. After covering the muscle, we briefly reviewed central nervous system organization."