Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed bonding and bonds types. We spent some time understanding the basics of bonding and polarity to prepare for an upcoming exam."
"Today, we covered rate laws and equilibrium constants. The student did well with these topics; we covered the material his teacher gave him and an example from his book."
"Today, the student and I reviewed for her chemistry midterm. We covered all of the remaining questions she had for her final review before the exam. I am confident that she will do well on her exam."
"Today we did a full review for the student's upcoming exam in evolution. He has been given a study guide to work on and fill out over spring break, but we worked together to finish 95% of it during our time. The study guide start off by asking about the theory of evolution and its main components. After this it asked the influences Darwin obtained from prominent persons who had similar ideas to evolution or initial ideas of evolution. After this it dove into the individual components of evolution. Finally, the latter half of the study guide covered terms and concepts we went over last week in our introduction to evolution. We reviewed the terms and concepts together from the previous week and added to the study guide from our previous knowledge. To end our session I gave him some advice for reviewing for the upcoming exam and some study tips."
"Today, we started the new chapter on fungi. We went through the basic terms (writing them on note cards) and then we went through the note cards once (I asked the student the term and he gave me the definition). He did pretty well from just seeing the material once, only forgetting the difference between some of the different spores among the different types of fungi."
"In this session, we had more of a discussion rather than a didactic lesson. The student recently completed the genetics section in his biology class, and naturally the next subject was how inheritance of those genetic products (genotype--alleles) determine the phenotype and subsequently the organism's ability to survive in its environment. We delved into a great discussion regarding the mechanisms and associated forces that drive the natural selection process such as inheritable adaptations that confer greater fitness. In addition, he adeptly implemented the notions of Darwinian Evolution Theory and coupled with mutagenesis (a random genetic nucleotide alteration) that are classified as helpful, harmful, or neutral. The main drive is adaptation to confer higher fitness, and with our discussion, he was to gain a more intuitive understanding on how evolutionary mechanisms are establishing phenotypic behaviors."