Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed domains and kingdoms in phylogenetics, concluding with a quick review of viruses. Because the material is not particularly difficult to understand, I tried to give additional background on each topic to increase the student's retention of the information. Understanding phylogenetics and viruses is essentially memorizing several facts and topics. I clarified the distinction between bacteria and viruses and how that relates to the difference between antibiotics and vaccinations. I attempted to provide historical anecdotes as well as to how these medical treatments were first discovered, particularly stressing why antibiotics cannot be used to treat viruses such as the common cold."
"During our session, the student and I finished his portfolio assessment for the unit. We then finished the section assessment for chapter three section one and began section two."
"The student and I briefly reviewed some of the homework I had given him and older material of organelles, before proceeding to go on and study for his fungi quiz the next day. He appeared to remember most the distinguishing features of fungi from plants, with some gaps, but we continued to review the newer material that went into more detail about the reproductive cycles and different phyla (zygomycota, ascomycota, and basidiomycota) and how they differed. At the end, he had a stronger grasp of the material, though I gave him the homework of making flashcards/ study aids for key words for the fungi section to help him review later in the night."