Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we spent a lot of time on biology because we were reviewing concepts that the student missed on his pre-test for his biology end-of-course exam. The student is able to pick up biology concepts quickly when we talk through them. We talked about study strategies for biology--drawing diagrams, question-and-answer activities, and lots of focused note-taking. We reviewed organic compounds, cellular biology, structure of cell membranes, and cell meiosis. We made a chart comparing the differences between the structures and functions of the different biomolecules. Constant review will really help him remember these concepts well for his two remaining biology exams. "
"The student's parent spoke to me about his parent-teacher conference regarding the student's writing; I made sure to talk to the student about his writing assignments and helped him understand his book summary assignments. We also worked through his math homework for tomorrow and ran through a vocabulary review; this week, the student remembered 80% of his definitions, a substantial improvement over last week. I also gave the student some homework for next week: He is to find and reread his grammar notes from our summer sessions, and he is to bring in his assigned book from class."
"Did the synonyms sections of both tests in the ISEE book. Reviewed it again later to help him improve his vocab. After that we did a little bit of reading comprehension and sentence completion. He's ok at reading comprehension. Finally, we did a little bit of math. He's ok at that. "
"We went over the student's homework (imperatives, vocab), and moved on to review the subjunctive for her placement test in the spring. She needs to buy a book of verb conjugations -- it's her best bet for studying this stuff."
"The student and I worked on the reading and English sections today. We discovered that, for reading, the strategy that works best for him is to look at the questions first and then go back in the passage to find the answers."
"The student and I went over problems that she had from various topics. These included protein structure, protein charge, and different chemical separation techniques (TLC, paper chromatography, size-exclusion chromatography, gas chromatography). Most of the session consisted of going over each of these techniques and reviewing questions. The concepts were not that difficult, but they required explaining the background of each of the different separation techniques. This will just require greater work on the student's part to memorize and understand when to use and apply each of these techniques to the passages."