Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed and diagrammed some of the anatomy and functions of the liver and the kidneys. We did a multiple choice quiz and discussed each answer and some of the vocabulary (e.g. homeostasis). The student did not know a couple of the words, e.g. vertebrae vs. vertebrate. Her scientific vocabulary and reasoning could benefit by a little reading of science books. Reading her textbook could work; however, I find that students retain a lot when they read things that they enjoy, which can be a nice supplement to textbook reading. Thus there may be books she could find, for example, at her school library or even on Amazon that make science fun, or are appealing to her because of her interest in a particular topic, but that still delve into the details of the body's physiology, or some other aspect of biology, those could be beneficial as well."
"The student and I went over the biology material he has covered in class as well as the questions in the text. We also reviewed his math and discussed practice problems that he had for homework."
"Student 1 and I continued reviewing the chapter of his biology textbook on ecology. We discussed the differences between decomposers and detritivores. For algebra, I explained how to convert between degrees and radians. Student 2 and I started reviewing levels of organization within an ecosystem from an organism to a biome. We discussed the biotic and abiotic factors that help distinguish between the biomes and how those factors are not static throughout the day."
"We started covering the organ systems. We started with the respiratory system. We discussed the anatomy of the respiratory as it relates to its function of ventilation and gas exchange. We also discussed the continuousness of the cardiovascular system."
"We went over an old syllabus for her BIO 111 class. We also went through an old exam from her professor to give her a sense of what the professor would be asking on his exams. She has a solid understanding of biology and I don't foresee her having a particularly difficult time with her class. I provided explanations of certain concepts and gave her some tips on how to study for certain questions. It was a great first session!"
"We went over photosynthesis and cellular respiration. The student getting a good grasp on the material. And she asks questions when she doesn't understand something, which is great. We also spent some time practicing proofs for congruent triangles."