Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through multiple choice problems in review of his final exam. We discussed strategies for handling problems that seem very unfamiliar to him. He felt more confident about being able to use the process of elimination and logic."
"The student requested that I come early in order to assist her with a pre-lab write up for her lab exercise on Friday. The lab was over transformation of E. coli with the green fluorescence protein gene in order to make the bacteria glow under UV light. Transformation is a difficult concept, so I made sure that she understood what she would be doing in the lab and why each step was necessary. Together, we worked out the details of the lab write up, and I quizzed her on each aspect of the lab to make sure she understood. She informed me on 1/31 that the lab went very well and she knew exactly what she was doing."
"The student finished his final exam and has started a new section. We reviewed meiosis, chromosomal changes at each stage of meiosis (did some light review of mitosis), the different forms of non-disjunction and their associated genetic disorders. We also reviewed his instructors PowerPoint presentation. He understands all the concepts, so we will continue to review tomorrow."
"In today's session we continued to study for her exam that is on Tuesday on DNA and RNA. Today we finished our discussion on DNA replication and I answered any questions she had on the topic. We began the next chapter on transcription and translation. We covered transcription in great detail. I assigned her the rest of the chapter and told her to have question prepared for our weekend session."
"She did not attend class the previous day, so she had extra time to prepare for her Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Test. We went over differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes, concerning replication, transcription, and translation. These topics were covered in-depth, to prepare for the short answer questions."
"The tutoring session today covered all the evolution chapters done previously. The student had a vocabulary quiz that he did well on, but still had some terms he wasn't 100% certain about. We looked at those closer to provide better examples. To prepare for his exam this coming Wednesday, we went through several practice problems from my test prep book. I left the student with instruction to review some of the topics in detail that he needed to re-familiarize himself with."
"Tonight, we covered biochemistry. Specifically, atomic structures, bonds, polarity and nonpolarity, specific heat, water, pH, organic compounds, monosaccharides, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes & metabolism, and inhibitors. The student will complete the written portion of the sample AP biology test that he has, and we will review it next week. There are no concerns from this session."
"This was my first session with the student, she needed help with gene expression and classification of species. It appears that her teacher does not give them much in the way of chapter overviews, or slides, or any material to help her study, so we went through the chapters and I tried to highlight the main points."
"Covered multigene families, various genetic elements, and cell differentiation. The student needed help most with multigene families. He seemed to be grasping concepts pretty well."
"We went through her study guide for plants and their different phylum. We covered the characteristics of each one and the example of each group. We also talked about their differences and how they can reproduce differently. We worked on graphs and charts as well. She is doing good."
"Today we worked on reviewing genetics concepts for an upcoming exam. We reviewed the process of transcription and began to introduce translation. We also reviewed codons and mRNA coding. These concepts were picked up quickly and will be mastered with a little review."
"The student and I went over subject matter she needed help with. She did not know how to do pH, pOH, [H+], [OH-] problems, so I taught her how to do those, and how they could be found. She also needed help with colligative property problems, as well. Once I explained to her how to do the problems, she easily picked up on them, and knew how to do them. By the end of our session, she was much more confident, and could answer questions easily. She should do very well on her final, and get a high grade in the course."