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During this session we reviewed the Unit 6 material in preparation for the student's upcoming exam. I stressed the importance of being able to recognize key vocabulary and went over some of the more high yield concepts that required more than just rote memorization.
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We covered the anatomy and physiology of the arc reflex, eye and ear. The student practiced drawing and labeling the different structures that are part of the arc reflex. He shared with me that he sometimes mixes up the names of the body structures. We, then worked on memorization techniques (e.g., the term dorsal that also means back in French, which he also speaks; for motor neurons, the strategy was to remember the primary function of a motor which is the movement of a car. He thought about motorcycle). Although the specific example for the arc reflex provided in the text was the Knee-jerk reflex, I gave him other similar examples such as the elbow reflex and the ankle reflex that health care professionals assess to determine some health conditions. He was able to assimilate the notion that the arc reflex is a short circuit used by the body in emergency situation for a body part to react very fast such as when one accidentally touches a hot pot or when one's hand comes close to a fire. He was able to understand that because of that, the arc reflex does not involve the brain as the hot sensation for example felt at the tip of one's fingers would take too long to go up to the brain, get analyzed, then come down all the way down to the motor neurons attached to the muscles that would cause one's upper extremity to retract for protection. He practiced labeling the different portions of the retina on a sketch. One way that he learned to remember that the eye dilates due to the sympathetic stimulation is to imagine perceiving a lion on the road from afar and the reaction he would have). He now also has an analogy to remember the reason (protection) for the eye to constrict when a light is flashed during an eye exam. He practiced drawing and labeling the pathways of the right optic nerves (nasal side and temporal side) and left optic nerves (nasal side and temporal side) to the cortex, emphasizing that only the nasal ones (middle) cross each other. The temporal ones stay their course laterally until they reach the cortex. I drew the ear so that he could practice labeling the different parts. We went over the similarities in the physiology of the semi-circular canals and cochlea and the different roles that they play. I recommended to the student that he print similar drawings, so that he could exercise labeling. Although his school supplies videos about these anatomical structures, I suggested that if needed, I will provide the links to 3-D animated videos. The student now feels very confident to review the materials by himself in preparation for the exam.
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Today's session began with the student learning about the periodic table, how it is organized, what makes up individualized elements, and properties of elements. We continued with nomenclature of different types of compounds, both ionic and molecular, and how to both write in words as well as in symbolic form. I left the student with common polyatomic ions to memorize.
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In this lesson we discussed several topics: - Conservation of energy and the relationship between potential and kinetic energy, - The concept of vectors and how to use in problems concerning ballistics, and - Kinematic equations and velocity graphs to determine the object's distance. the student was eager to learn and was very engaged. I asked him to review the last problem and work on solving the problem using kinematics and conservation of energy and make sure the solutions are the same. There are often multiple ways to solve a problem, practicing different methods are useful to develop problem solving skills.
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In this lesson, I worked with the student by going over his old exams to help him prepare for his upcoming final. We worked and reviewed material from circuits, resistors, capacitors, and the electric and magnetic force.
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Shoreline, WA Science tutoring
In this session we covered mainly phylogenetics. We started out by working on some sample Hardy-Weinberg problems that were assigned by the student's teacher. She needed some clarifications on how the answers in the key were obtained and why they used certain numbers. Once explained, she seemed to feel much better about it. We then moved on to discussing phylogenetics, which included the different names of phylogenetic groupings and how phylogenetic trees are made. We finished with a couple of practice multiple-choice questions.
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