Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we continued natural selection, specifically talking about the different kinds of speciation, different theories on the origin of life, and analyzing selection graphs. We worked the most with the different theories on the origins of life, as her class did not cover this in depth. We continued the discussion of theories. She continues to be enthusiastic about learning Biology, and has found topics which interest her in the subject. She did additional problems from her book to practice this information. She recently received a 90% on a test as well!"
"We covered basic Evolution/Genetics in Biology. The student did not struggle with material and was enthusiastic in learning the material. I helped review a homework assignment in addition to learning new concepts such as the different types of natural selection."
"Today we began by discussing any changes or updates in classes, schedule, or schoolwork. The student had missed school yesterday to attend a funeral and had to take a test in biology today, so I took today's session as an opportunity to review biology while also reviewing study skills, note taking, and text book reading. The student took notes on his computer while I read out loud. I introduced him to the outline-type note-taking method with headings and subheadings, etc. He did that on the computer with my guidance while I read the biology textbook aloud. I pointed out important parts of the text to note (headings, first and last sentences, captions and diagrams, for example). He already knew about finding vocabulary (they are highlighted yellow in his text) and how to find the meaning by using context and the glossary. I suggested to him that reading the textbook and taking notes on it will supplement listening in class and going through his teacher's printed PowerPoints. I was very pleased that he had read a little of the book of short stories he checked out last Thursday. The student is a capable reader with good comprehension and ability but that he needs to build his speed. The best way to do that is by reading more, aka, practicing. Some goals for next time we discussed (and probably will continue to discuss): 1. put his name, the date, and the subject on all papers 2. file all papers in the appropriate folders 3.write down his assignments in his plan book 4. read 5. read his textbooks."
"This was my first session with the student. First, we discussed her experience so far with her biostatistics course - focusing on what she found most difficult. Also, I spoke on the phone with her prior to our first session and asked her to email me with a list of concepts that she finds challenging. I was able to use that information to pull together some extra resources for our session. We spent most of our time discussing the following: null and alternate hypothesis; nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio; discrete vs. continuous data; t-test; paired t-test; and ANOVA. We discussed these items on more of a base level, and we plan to go further in-depth and work through practice problems in future sessions."
"This was my first session with the student. We worked on a review of her homework assignment that is due on Thursday and we were able to complete it. I learned a lot more about working with her. I cannot talk or tell her when she is going in the wrong direction. She talks and thinks out loud when she is processing information and if I write down the right solutions she can process it but if I say it her thoughts are disrupted. Having learned this, I think I can work with her now. I have another session with her tomorrow."
"This was my last session with the student. We worked on a practice test for his upcoming chemistry assessment exam. He is a good student and did really well. We went over how he needs to read the exam and pick out the obvious answer, and how he needs to do some work on the first 20 elements of the periodic table; starting with memorizing their symbols and atomic masses. He will do well!"