Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our most recent session, the student and I began to work with genetics and Punnett Squares. After going over the definitions of terms such as homozygous dominant, heterozygous, and test-crossing, she understood the concepts very clearly."
"We covered on the basis of how to use hypotheses in terms of writing an introduction to a research paper, and she did a great job."
"The student and I studied for his upcoming Biology test. I think that he will only do better at biology if he sees more audio-visual material for the class. I think he was well prepared for the test, but I also thought that with more audio-visual, hands-on exposure to biology, he will be able to understand the material even better."
"Tonight we reviewed for her exam by doing her review packet from her teacher. It covered energy, metabolism, DNA, replication, and genetics. The student is confident in what she knows."
"The student and I talked about the next concept that his class was moving into: viruses. He told me that they had just started their discussion so he didn't know much but he had lots of questions about how viruses worked and what they looked like. We used the book to help him look ahead to what he would be learning about viruses in the future. We also finished a packet he had about natural selection and evolution. He seemed to understand this concept very well and didn't have a lot of questions."
"In preparation for her midterm exam on Thursday, the student and I went over a number of worksheets provided by her teacher. We spent most of our time reviewing the major systems of the body, which seemed to help her better understand the material."
"We spent most of this time going over the material from his last biology test, which he did not do well on. He seemed to be struggling to remember what was on it so we went through most of his review packet. I tried to show him how the different terms and processes he needed to know related to each other so he had a better understanding of what they all do. He seemed to get most of it after we went through it a couple of times."
"Our session started out by reviewing material we have covered during our last session. The student was able to recall most of the basic information without having to refer to his notes. The remainder of our session was dedicated to covering new material. We have continued our plan of building review guides by using the book as a guideline. The student has been assigned to read the first 15 pages of the chapter before our next session. These pages cover the material we covered during our session and will help to enhance his understanding of the main concepts. It will further allow the student to identify the key concepts we focused on during our session."
"She took very good notes on the previous chapters for the exam she had this week. She did not get scores back. Today we went over Chapter 6 cell anatomy- we outlined the similarities and differences between prokaryotic vs eukaryotic, and animals vs plant cells. She will prepare notes for Chapter 7 which will be covered in class on Monday. Very positive, resilient attitude."
"First meeting with the student went very well. She is a very bright and conscientious student that grasps concepts quickly. We went over genetics, protein synthesis, homeostasis, test strategies, and did some practice questions. Each session we are going to spend half of the time going over specific subject matter and the other half doing practice questions so that she is prepared for the exam in June. If the student has any labs, homework, or projects, we will discuss and review those in accordingly."
"The student reviewed Darwin and how he came up with his theory of evolution. We covered Lamarck and how he helped Darwin. We also discussed the theories of how life began."
"We covered two broad subjects: 1) the various kinds of cells in living organisms, their differences, a key common factor in all cells being the plasma (cell) membrane - it's structure and function as well as embedded membrane proteins and their function; 2) energy in biology including 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics as well as photosynthesis and cellular respiration. These are hard topics and I tried to get the student to be motivated to learn it and gave him some guidance on learning techniques, e.g. flash cards. I also advised him to get a "study buddy" or group to help each other and practice answering questions."