Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we had a productive and useful session that covered the material in preparation for the student's exam tomorrow. In particular, he successfully completed two comprehensive vocab, fill in the blank, multiple choice, and matching types of quizzes I created. He had command over the digestive system and excretory system pathways, and has understood the steps quite well. Today's session was helpful in solidifying his understanding as well as preparing him to apply the knowledge on exams. From this thorough comprehensive session, I expect him to do very well on the exam!"
"We went over the material for the student's test, mainly evolution and phylogeny information. She seemed pretty focused and quickly got up to speed with her study guide about the various topics coming up for her test. At the end, I asked her some questions about the material and she seemed to be at a good level of information to really get going on studying for her test. I suggested that she read over the material and study guide another time before going into the test so that she will have a lot of good connections and relationships before her test."
"We went through her lab. It was about population and Hardy-Weinberg principle. I explained how she has to solve each question and use the formulas to answer each one. She understood how to solve them. She is doing great."
"She finished her mitosis homework and we worked on her mitosis lab which she needs to finish in class. We reviewed mitosis and she made a study guide for her test next week. Then we discussed meiosis and I explained the difference between the two types of cell division. She did some practice problems on meiosis. She seems to understand mitosis very well now, but since she just started meiosis is still a little unsure about the steps involved."
"We covered the topics of transcription and translation. We looked at how the processes work on a molecular level as well as their larger significance in biology. We reviewed replication and compared the similarities and differences between replication, transcription, and translation."
"We explored the wonderful life cycle of fungi. We used her textbook to talk about asexual and sexual reproduction of fungi, how fungi are classified, the ecological impact of fungi, and how fungi are used in society. She was able to answer several textbook questions, so I expect she will do well on her exam on Friday. She also wanted some help on how to find information the current research regarding gene therapy and heart regeneration. I shared several reviews, primary publications, websites, and videos with her to help her research these topics."
"In today's session, we reviewed taxonomy of chordates in preparation for a test on Friday. We distinguished between jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, and bony fish. We also compared and contrasted amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. In mammals we discussed monotremes, marsupials, and placentals. We also explored early hominids. We reviewed his book and practice questions."
"Student and I went through three educational videos that his teacher provided on "the hub" based on taxonomy and classification of a species and hybrids, and bacterial cells. Student has to complete work in class based on the information in these videos. We discussed what the definition of a species is and how this differs from a hybrid. These definitions get a bit more complex when considering the huge variety of domesticated dog breeds- so I talked a bit about selective breeding for specific traits to clarify why such a huge variety of dog breeds still only count as one species. We tried to come up with an effective synonym to remember the order of taxonomic levels: We also reviewed some of the key differences between eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic cells."
"We reviewed the endocrine system and nervous system in preparation for a quiz Jordan will be taking on Wednesday. Compared and contrasted the two systems. Went over chemical messengers (hormones and neurotransmitters). Reviewed the organs that make up both systems and their functions. Made a flowchart of the Nervous system to visualize the subdivisions that make it up. Also went over the function of each subdivision."
"The student has an exam on Wednesday covering Evolution and historical influences on the theory. We went over all of her vocab and concepts. We also went over all of the influences on the theory and the major contributors. The student did really well with these concepts and had all of the terms memorized. We discussed some test taking strategies and she seemed very confident in the material."
"The student and I worked through her Biology practice questions during the session (multiple choice and essay format). With some of the multiple choice questions. I suggested some strategies for answering multiple choice questions, including process of elimination. We also talked about breaking down words she had never heard before so that she could get a better idea of what the answer might be. She was very optimistic about doing these questions. In many cases, once I pointed her in the right direction, she was able to complete the question herself."
"The student did well on his last biology test with the help of the extra credit I helped him with. Today we reviewed some new chapters that he will have a quiz on Friday. We made him a study guide and I pushed him to move ahead in the book from where his teacher left off to better prepare him for the quiz. We briefly looked at his math homework and then with the rest of the time, I quizzed him over biology. He seemed to do pretty well because he found the subject matter interesting."