Tutor Speaks out!
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
I chose to read the Resource under Biology titled Tips for Study of Anatomy & Physiology since they are the two subjects I tutor most often (especially Physiology). I found it helpful that first and foremost, the article addresses the most challenging aspects of the classes that I have also found my tutees to bring up during our sessions. The reasons the class is so hard is: (1) it covers a ton of information with excruciating detail, (2) much of the terminology in A&P requires intensive knowledge of Latin and Greek roots, (3) the Lab portions of both class are taught at the same level of detail as the lecture and typically must be taken concurrently though they may not perfectly align in timing with the corresponding lecture.
The article hit the nail on the head with great tips to overcome these 3 difficulties and I found that many of these were the same ones I used when I took the courses two years ago myself and received A's. For example, encouraging students to preview new material by reading the textbook before class so they are not overwhelmed first seeing it in lecture. It also suggested reviewing lecture material soon after and devoting 2-3 hours per day to review material. It is absolutely true with this class that the hardest part is keeping up with the material in the time crunch of 16 weeks, so reviewing material as it is learned it very important. So I will definitely pass that tip to my tutees.
Another tip I really liked was encouraging students to learn together. This was helpful because I only can fit in 4 limited hours In-the Center due to my hectic schedule where I can tutor; since many of my tutees are learning the same topics with the same professors I have encouraged them to get together privately too and study more if their Learning Center time isn't enough. I have also found that working in groups is helpful since students can practice teaching to each other to reinforce subjects and boost their own confidence.
Finally, the article suggested students use flashcards for topics with many subparts such as learning the cranial nerves or muscle groups. Many of my tutees are visual learners and already do this, but if they don't I will pass this on to them especially!
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