Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed how to classify species into phylum. We worked with one of her PowerPoints, a handout and her textbook. I quizzed her on the properties of phylums and helped her come up with a plan to get through and remember all of the material."
"Today we covered DNA replication and protein synthesis. We reviewed the steps and importance of transcription and translation. The student was able to verbally walk me through the entire process and knew the functions of the proteins involved by the end of the session. He seemed very comfortable with the material."
"We covered the digestive system in detail, including anatomy and physiology. We discussed the pulmonary system and structures of the eyes and brain. We completed and corrected a few assignments. The student spoke with his teacher about preparing for the test in advance. Per his reports, his teacher felt he was prepared for the test."
"We focused on reviewing concepts she had learned the previous semester but was struggling with. We discussed the scientific method, experiments, homeostasis, and cell structure and function. After each topic we did practice problems to check her understanding. I also helped her make flash cards for the different cell parts and encouraged her to review those during the week. She had some good questions about how the cell parts work together, which we plan on covering further next session."
"This session went well, and we reviewed previous material in a warm-up review quiz (including circulatory, respiratory and digestive system), followed by comprehensive study of the fetal pig organ structure and function. We are preparing for his upcoming quiz/test on the fetal pig structures. By the providing labeling worksheets and diagrams I've created, we are making great progress in understanding the functions and organs in the pig. We will continue this method throughout this week to ensure successful preparation."
"This session I reviewed the Punnett square, and how it relates to inheritance of specific traits in living organisms. I also covered the differences in meiosis compared with mitosis in somatic cells vs. gametes."
"In today's session, we reviewed microbiology principles. We covered virus, prions, bacteria, protist, and fungi. We reviewed theories and the origin of life, how different species get nutrients, and distinctive properties of the kingdoms. We reviewed classes of these kingdoms, their distinct characteristics, and an example of each. We also reviewed examples of disease causing organisms. We used homework questions, textbook, and vocabulary list to prepare for an upcoming test."
"We went over the theory of evolution which would be covered on the student's next test. We skimmed through his class notes and I tried to highlight the key ideas/themes. We first covered the development of the theory and began with the 18th century naturalists. Then we discussed natural selection and the terminology necessary to discuss evolution like the difference between homologous and analogous structures. Lastly, we broadly surveyed genetic theory in the context of traits and inheritability. The student did not struggle with any of the material. He was well prepared for his upcoming test already. He discussed the material enthusiastically. I tried to emphasize the historical/narrative perspective of the theory. I wanted him to understand how each development/theory led to the next. Great Session!"
"We are starting to get ready for the student's second test. To start, we went over the final lecture material on Biomolecules. Specifically, the similarities and differences between proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. We discussed the definition of "organic," the various "chemical groups," and how monomers are connected and broken apart. We expanded on her list of topics for flashcards and reviewed dehydration and hydrolysis reactions. These concepts seemed easier for the student since they very closely built off of previous materials. We left the session agreeing that she would work on the essays so that we could go over them during our next meeting."
"We had a very productive session, covering fundamental concepts regarding DNA/RNA. Although there were some underlying concepts we had to iron out, by the end of the session, we completed all of his biology homework, pertaining to this information. Additionally, we completed all of his math homework, pertaining to the unit circle. He had a very good understanding of this material. As always, I really enjoyed our session together and look forward to working with him again next Monday."
"We finished the Meiosis topic and talked in detail about spermatogenesis and oogenesis. We talked about the differences between homologous chromosomes and sister chromatids. We also discussed karyotype and I explained the way to interpret a karyotype and how to use a karyotype notations. I prepared a review test for the student and she answered it correctly on the spot."
"During this session, the student and I continued natural selection, specifically talking about the different kinds of speciation, different theories on the origin of life, and analyzing selection graphs. She continues to be enthusiastic about learning Biology, and has found topics which interest her in the subject. She and I did additional problems from her book to practice this information. She recently received a 90% on a test."