Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got her presentation assignment. She and her partner have to learn about a specific rainforest and make a presentation covering the abiotic and biotic factors influencing it. I went through the questions with her and helped her find sites with useful information about orangutans (the keystone species) and deforestation. Then, I looked over her old tests and quizzed her on topics from the chapters she's been covering."
"We covered the nature of matter (atoms, isotopes, chemical bonds), properties of water, carbon compounds (types of macromolecules), chemical reactions, and enzymes. The student's attitude toward the material was very positive, and she mainly needed help with differentiating vocabulary terms and usage. We used a few practice problems through the site, verbal questioning and discussion, and a few basic memory tricks. This was our first session, and it was very productive. The student was able to review and discuss many fairly difficult biology concepts for her upcoming exam."
"The student did her first required lab in class. We went through it in detail so that she fully understood it. The lab is about osmosis and how water moves into and out of cells depending on tonicity. We also went over the semipermeable membrane, modeled by dialysis tubing."
"In this session, the student and I discussed a homework assignment related to osmosis and membrane transport. She had been struggling with the critical thinking questions, so I spent an extended period of time explaining each concept. I believe that the session was productive due to her level of focus and interest in the material. To aid in future problem solving, I demonstrated the value of using simple diagrams/drawings to model each process."
"Today, the student and I went over some practice problems on the topics of mitosis and replication. She seems to really know the information, but when she gets to questions she answers them wrong. This is because she doesn't read the question well or doesn't really understand what is being asked. To help her with this, I gave her some pointers on how to handle different kinds of questions. With a little more practice, I think she will do much better on exams."
"We covered cells for the student's quiz on Monday. She studies by viewing all the material as separate facts. I tried to help her to view all of the material as relating to itself so she could organize it in her mind."