Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through her exam review. I explained the concepts that she had on her notes such as Darwin's theory, natural selection, genetic drifts, half life and different properties of population. We also solved some problems on the population to refresh her mind how to solve them. I explained the difference between each kind of questions and how she can use the informations to solve them. She is smart and she is doing great."
"The student was just starting a new chapter in her class and her teacher wanted her to be prepared for the vocabulary before their next class. The chapter was covering cell structure, the different kinds of cells, and the different organelles. We didn't have any classwork to work on so we just made sure that she knew the function of all of the organelles and the difference between the cells. We also started talking about diffusion and osmosis and how those work."
"Today we went over meiosis. Specifically focusing on the importance of crossing over. We also went over her new math section, which she did very well. I did not leave her any assignments other than to review the meiosis notes we made during the session."
"At the beginning of our session, we created a study schedule up until Sunday. She has a variety of assignments, quizzes, and an exam due by Sunday evening, so I helped her block out time to get the work done. After that, we reviewed questions that she had about the biology chapters she had read. We discussed the sodium/potassium pump in detail, looked at transduction pathways, and reviewed cell structure and function. She had great questions prepared for me since she had reviewed all the material herself. We also spent about 20 minutes going through the first chapter of chemistry. She will not take chemistry this semester but wants to get a head start on the material. We looked at scientific notation and significant figures. I asked her to look over some of the practice problems in the chapter in the next few weeks for us to discuss. She will also continue to complete biology assignments that we outlined on her study schedule throughout the weekend."
"She had a pretty light workload this week, so this gave us an opportunity to review some really difficult concepts. We first finished her homework on Punnett Squares for biology, then we reviewed difficult concepts in both biology (genetics) and geometry (special properties of right triangles). By the end of the session, she seemed to grasp everything well."
"We finished up mitosis/meiosis today and moved into cellular respiration. The student retained the information from last session and we built on it for this one. All in all a very good session. Since cellular respiration is complicated, I had him copy down the first steps to have some sort of understanding of going into our next lesson, which will be Sunday. I was very pleased with this lesson."
"Today we reviewed cellular respiration, and then began photosynthesis. We orally described the processes, drew out diagrams, and went over the notes that I provided. It was a productive session as she was able to grasp the major concepts. She needs to tie the loose ends so that she can save time on her exam."
"Gene mutations: Hereditary mutations, Acquired (or somatic) mutations, additions or deletions of DNA, errors in DNA replication, Structural abnormalities, Deletion, Duplications, Translocations, Inversions and Insertions with examples of some of these frameshift mutations applied in different scenarios like sickle-cell disease and Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Acquired chromosome abnormalities associated with cancer."
"During this session, the student and I continued with the essay on stem cells. Specifically, we went over the two different types of stem cells - embryonic and somatic - discussing their differences, sources, potencies, and siting examples for each. We then discussed the specific definition for cellular differentiation and the mechanism that drives this process: the turning off and on of various genes in the same copy of DNA resulting in a differing proteome within cells. This is a particularly difficult concept that she did really well with. We all but finished this essay and made plans for her to write the others to send to me for corrections. She seemed more confident during this session with the material especially after we discussed how she thinks she learns and retains information."
"During this session, the basics of the current biology project was completed. I had also given the student detailed, hand written notes and examples for topics including how to find/create her research/experiment, identify the 5x3 necessary layers of her project, identify her dependent and independent variables, phrase her hypothesis, create data tables for her accumulated data, and how to create graphs for her data."
"We covered the atomic structure of the elements as well as the elements' properties and how it relates to the periodic table. Their mother wants to be up to chapter 6 but we were able to cover chapter 3 today and will focus on chapters 4/5 for next time. I tried to quiz them as often as I could to test their basic recall of understanding the material as well as give them helpful metaphors to explain the material. The students did a great job in comprehending the material."
"We went over the circulatory system and started with the respiratory system. We covered the parts of the heart, the types of blood vessels and what makes up the blood. We covered the interrelated-ness of the circulatory system and the respiratory system."