Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we thoroughly reviewed for the student's test, for the following day. She had a couple of study guide packets made by her peers, which we went over and discussed. We focused on areas that needed more clarification for today. Since we had already covered more than half of this material in the previous session, there was a lot of repetition which made it a lot easier for the student to remember these key concepts."
"The student's teacher assigned a surprise quiz for Wednesday, so we went over all the topics relating to microbes: classification, difference between prokaryotes vs eukaryotes, their impact on the environment, what uses they have for humans, etc. We also spoke of super bugs and antibiotic resistance. We went over all worksheets from class and the PowerPoint of the notes. I fixed any incorrect answers on worksheets and we also made a word document for the notes to review one more time before the quiz."
"We covered the material for her upcoming test on evolution which covered a variety of topics over two chapters and another section. We went over the new section first, and I helped her think about it in context of the information we had covered before. Then we did a rehash of what we had gone over two weeks before with a visual representation so she could think out how to understand the fossil record and classification. Once again, by the end of the session she had a decent understanding of all we went over as she was able to answer many of my questions about the material we went over."
"Today we went through two lectures: Contractile Muscle and Antigen Presentation. We spent a lot of time discussing skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle. I used outside resources and images to help her visualize the components of muscle and the mechanism of contraction. I explained the difference between CD8 and MHC Class I molecules and CD4 MHC Class II molecules for the Immunology lecture."
"Tonight we worked on finishing the student's notes worksheet, and we covered carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in detail. We talked a lot about carbon and its importance in forming certain types of chemical bonds and talked through a number of examples. She has her exam on Wednesday, so we spent an additional 15 minutes past our normal time in order to complete her worksheet so that she could study from it. She has a great understanding of the material and really does a great job of asking thoughtful questions. I think that if she really focuses on studying tomorrow, she will do great on her exam. "
"We covered biological chemistry - properties of water, elements, molecules, etc. - and moved our way up into parts of the cell. We also went over the central dogma. The student hasn't taken biology in a while so he couldn't remember a few concepts/terms but had an easy time picking them up once refreshed. He will be taking the test in January so wants to delay tutoring until November."