Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on her graph of human population growth. She had most of the assignment finished but wanted to go over the questions together, as well as the intervals on the X and Y axis. She seemed to understand the material very well. We also went through her notes on population dynamics together and discussed some specific topics. She told me she was very happy that she received an 87% on her biology midterm, which was better than her other test scores and was above the class average for the exam. I'm so proud of her!"
"In today's session, we covered a lot of information in the new unit of taxonomy & microbiology. The student was very familiar with the Linnaeus system of classification & understood the concepts of binomial nomenclature and phylogeny. She has a really strong interest in evolution, so that played a role in how easily she remembered this material. We then focused on the 6 kingdoms & the classifications of each one. This part of the unit is extremely information-dense, so I showed her how best to decide what is crucial information & how to organize it pictorially. She normally takes pages of notes that can be hard to study from with this unit, so we decided on a tree or chart for each kingdom that would list important features & classifications. Her test is next Wednesday so I plan on seeing her before that to review the material."
"I taught the student basic concepts of the immune system and specifics of the adaptive and innate immune system. We watch science videos that described the components of the innate and adaptive immune system and I stopped the videos to explain some concepts in more detail. We also did several practice quizzes and she seemed to understand the concepts that we discussed."
"The student and I had a good session. We worked through the problems I assigned last time dealing with developing the reaction mechanisms to halogenations reactions. We then worked through the remainder of Chapter 4. In particular, we talked about the properties and stabilities of free radicals, carbocations, carbanions, and carbenes. I gave him several problems to work through before our next session."
"The student and I went over PCR, transposable elements, unknown gene expression, and data interpretation. She had an excellent attitude. I showed her how to dissect questions and understand everything that is asked. We have a goal of getting her an 'A' in the class!"
"The student and I went over some questions on circuits as well as did problems with electrostatic forces and fields. Building upon our previous session, we reinforced the relationship between Coulomb's law and electric fields."