Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished reading Chapter 3 Section 2 in his biology textbook, which covered the various types of biomes. We then reviewed the section assessment."
"Student and I covered topics on the digestive system. Student had to learn about the pathway of the digestive, all the major digestive organs and accessory organs, and enzymes involved in digestion. Student is preparing for an exam on Monday. There is a plethora of material Student has to retain for the next exam. Topics will include the nervous, endocrine, and digestive systems. Student is struggling some with retention of material, and I left him with flashcards and practice notes to help him continue to go over the material."
"A review of the last 3/5 of the material was covered in full. Next week, new material will be covered, which will be plants. Overall, the student is performing well and retaining the facts."
"When I asked, the student told me he was in high school, studying the behavior of large molecules. (This is one of the first few chapters in most biology texts). He had some questions on hydrolysis and condensation. When I had answered them to his satisfaction, and he had taken notes, I said, "What else?" He asked, "Can you explain adhesion and cohesion?" I did so, he recorded the notes and said he had no more questions. We signed off. "
"Today, we covered the basic molecules of life, including carbs, starches/glycerols, lipids (fat/phospholipids/steroids), and nucleic acids. At this point, it seems (understandably) that vocabulary is the biggest hindrance, so I tried to give the student tips for approaching biological terms and how to relate them. She seems to be able to connect the topics fairly well after the terms are laid out."
"Tonight, we worked through the student's review packet for his test on Friday. We covered general chemistry concepts that are fundamental for biological molecules, the importance of carbon in organic compounds, and hydrolysis and dehydration synthesis as means of breaking and creating polymers. We also reviewed a Google Document that he and his classmates had shared with one another for review."