Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our session, the student and I began by going over a section in his book. His teacher had not assigned the section yet, but the student thought it might be a good idea to look over it. We read through the section, and after each paragraph we stopped and talked about what it had said. The student seemed comfortable with the concepts of incomplete dominance and codominance, and it will be great when these topics come up in class or when he is actually assigned this reading, because he will be familiar with them. We then went on to complete an article review about an article the student had chosen. The teacher provided a worksheet with questions like summarizing, valid/invalid research, how it made you feel, etc. We read through the article, and he was able to pick out some key points to include in his summary. He had a little bit of trouble figuring out whether the article was valid and the research reliable, but we looked at some examples throughout the reading to help him answer that question. The student seemed interested in the topic (clear air turbulence), and so he was able to apply the article to his own life for the last question on the worksheet."
"Today was our last day of preparing for the student's test on transcription, translation, and viral life cycles. We picked up where we left off with the objectives, and we continued to walk through objectives and write down answers on note cards for further review. At this point, the student was not struggling with any of the concepts. She understood all of the big pictures ideas and understood 90% of the details. During our session, we made sure to cover the remaining 10% of material that the student did not fully grasp yet. After finishing the objectives, we went through her chapter together and talked over some of the more detailed and unlikely topics for her test. Then, we concluded the session by having the student provide me with a step-by-step summary of transcription, translation, and viral life cycles, which she did tremendously well. To finish studying, she is going to go back through her notes, review her note cards that we made, and go over some short quizzes that I provided her with."
"The student and I continued discussing the earth's history of life, focusing on the differences between the Precambrian era and the periods of the Cambrian era. Then, I gave the student a brief overview of the next chapter he will cover in class on evolution and natural selection."
"This was our first study session and it went very well. We started Chapter 3 with major definitions of the chapter. We then studied in detail carbon-based compounds, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids. We finished with an overview of the section on carbohydrates: mono, di and polysaccharides."
"Today we reviewed Mendelian genetics, single-gene, two-gene and sex-linked trait inheritance. We also discussed co-dominance versus incomplete dominance."
"Today we covered monohydrid and dihybrid crosses with co-dominance and incomplete dominance. The student has an exam coming up."
"The student began by requesting that we review the exam questions that he missed points on. We looked at the answer key to determine how points were allocated. The students are allowed to submit a re-grade request, so we devised a strategy to request additional points in writing. These requests won't be evaluated until the end of the semester, but it was useful for him to see where he could have answered the exam questions in a more complete fashion. Next, we explored the video from a recent lecture and focused on a particularly broad review question on where in the cell each stage of metabolism occurs. He seemed comfortable with each of these topics and has a good working knowledge of biochemistry. Finally, discussed the first of two problem sets that were made available to the class. We were successful at answering the first half of these questions. We agreed to meet twice before the next exam."
"We covered Biotechnology - explained the basis behind various techniques like PCR, restriction enzyme analysis, and their applications in medicine, agriculture, environment, etc."
"We covered the reproduction system of male and female humans. This includes sperm and egg formation processes and time as well as reproductive anatomy. Lastly, we created flashcards of key terms for this section."
"The student is now covering immunology and, at first, seemed to have a little difficulty with all the different cells that are involved in an immune response. We went over innate as well as humoral immunity and the cells involved. He was more comfortable after the hour session. He will be starting the endocrine system next. He has a test next Wednesday and we will schedule an additional session on Tuesday."
"We worked on the remaining problems for the student's math homework. We also reviewed and studied for his biology test that is on Friday. I quizzed him on the material and he has a great grasp of the material!"
"We covered aspects of DNA structure, DNA replication, and metabolism for the student's upcoming test on Thursday. We made plans for future tutoring sessions."