Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed chemistry of life. Topic on lipids. The structure of lipids, hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties; along with types of lipids (fatty acids, phospholipids, and steroids)."
"Yesterday the student and I discussed his Biology homework. We made a study guide for his test on Friday as well. He said his grades have improved a lot in Biology, and he understands it more. This was a great session. He is beginning to become more comfortable with me. :)"
"During our session, the student and I began a detailed introduction into the basic biology of metabolism, focusing on the role of the molecule ATP in the short term storage and release of energy in a cell. We then began an introduction into photosynthesis and its role in energy production in plants. Throughout our session, we reviewed some homework assignments due soon, and the student used our session notes to feel more confident about completing his homework. I also asked him to review some of our session notes and some of his past assignments dealing with the ATP molecule so he will feel better-prepared to address these issues as they come up over the next couple of weeks."
"We reviewed her expectations regarding what she wants to gain from our tutoring sessions. We discussed various teaching techniques that would fit with her learning style. The course syllabus was reviewed to determine possible areas that she may struggle with along with creating a study schedule and topics to be covered to give ample time to prepare for labs and tests. We established a good rapport and discussed time management and study skills. We decided upon concepts that we will be focusing on over the next few weeks and created a plan of action."
"We reviewed the student's quiz tonight question-by-question; I reworded the questions and used them as a launch point from which to test her on material from each of the chapters that will be covered in the exam. I've also included notes from each of these questions in the online tutoring platform so that she could see the questions and concepts as we discussed them orally. She did extremely well, and she should be in very good shape for the first exam. In order to refresh herself on material that was not on the first quiz but may be on the first exam, I recommended skimming through each of the 6 textbook chapters (while focusing most on the figures and diagrams of biological processes), reading through her class study guide, and reviewing the discussion forum questions (which we have already answered together). According to her teacher's message, this should cover every piece of material that the exam will draw from for questions."
"We reviewed topics that were covered in yesterday's session. We went over DNA replication and transcription. We discussed recombinant DNA and meiosis versus mitosis. We reviewed Punnet squares and discussed Mendel's law of segregation and law of assortment. He plans to view more of the mitosis and meiosis and to review transcription and translation of RNA to review more tomorrow. We also discussed mutants versus wild types and hybridization of generations."