Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We covered Genetics. I introduced definitions for genes, alleles, dominance, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, and penetrance. We began with pedigree analysis, elucidating how to prove recessivity, and how to distinguish X-linked from Autosomal recessive patterns. We also discussed Punnett squares, and how to answer quantitative probability questions regarding types of genetic inheritance patterns, highlighting the definition of carrier status, and how to determine the denominators in these types of problems by remembering that affected individuals cannot be carriers. We also discussed chromosomal abnormalities such as aneuploidy and translocations. We closed with an example passage on partial trisomies and translocations. [PROGRESS]: The student made a lot of progress in her understanding of genetics during this session. She is currently busy finishing up her semester, so she plans on practicing her application via online questions soon. [CHALLENGES]: Many of these concepts were completely new to the student, not having been covered in her undergraduate course. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: I assigned the student chapters on Thermodynamics for our next session the next day. [CONCERNS]: None."
"Today we covered a lot of topics in biology and organic chemistry. First we looked at different types of isomers and Sn1 vs Sn2 reactions with related questions. Then, we covered some topics in microbiology including virology and conjugation. Finally, we started on hormones and the endocrine system. We went over a lot of related questions and the student did great on all of them. She needs to a little more work on hormones, I think, just because it is such a broad topic and there are plenty more questions for her to work through. She plans to take a practice test very soon so we can check her progress. She has done great on practice problems this week."
"We went over Genetics, Cell cycle, and Cell biology. She has a plan to work on verbal and finish her test prep books within the next 2 weeks."