Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the material we would be going over for the next few sessions so that we can make a plan of how to have him properly prepared for his final exam. We also spent some time going over his last exam."
"Our main objective for this session was to review previous instructor PowerPoints for the student's exam. We reviewed meiosis, genetic disorders associated with X-linked or sex-linked, autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and the characteristics for each disorder. We reviewed basic Mendelian properties of inheritance, dihybrid crosses, Punnet squares as well as various methods of genetic testing."
"The student had a worksheet on pedigrees. After defining our terms, we started looking at the patterns of inheritance as they pertain to several generations. We worked out critical thinking with parent genotypes based on the offspring they produced."
"We went over Geometry concepts first by reviewing triangle theorems. We will continue with the circle theorems next week. The student has a AP Biology quiz on Classifications next week, so we reviewed the class notes and Biology textbook to prepare her for it."
"Today, I went over some more hardy-Weinberg concepts including practice questions regarding Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, calculating allele frequencies, genotype frequencies, and the use of chi-square to calculate whether or not a given population is in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium based upon calculated allele frequencies."
"We went through his ecology worksheet that discussed situations of population density and how changes to the environment altered it. Then we went over proving statements in geometric series and sequences."
"We worked on DNA review questions in preparation for the students upcoming exam. The steps of DNA replication, transcription and translation were summarized. The student is planning to write the answers to the review questions on his own so he can review the material again."
"We spent all of our time on the immunity chapter. We received some of his homework questions he had wanted to spend more time on. The student had many questions on the material. His next exam is in a week. He is working on understanding the various cell types and their functions. I think he will be fine once he spends more time on the material. I have made arrangements to provide him with a practice exam question on the material."
"I met with the student to discuss another paper topic for her AP Biology class. She told me our last meeting, where I guided her through choosing a topic, developing an outline, and researching the subject, was so helpful that she got a 100% on her paper. She chose the topic of lung cancer. I gave her some background and history of smoking, etc., and helped her develop an outline where she discussed the importance of lung cancer, the politics behind anti-smoking campaigns/history since the Surgeon General warning, the environmental causes of lung cancer, the genetic predispositions, and the personal habits like smoking that lead to lung cancer. I got her interested in the topic and we also discussed her desires to apply to college. I enjoy being her mentor and think she truly benefits from tutoring, not just academically. We will be meeting in the next week to go over new topics."
"The student and I went over what he learned in his last few classes. This unit is mainly about evolution. We covered the five factors of evolution, including gene flow, genetic drift, natural selection, sexual selection, and mutations. We also talked about different selecting factors leading to directional, stabilizing, and disruptive selections. Finally, we discussed adaptation and went through examples of structural, physiological, and behavioral adaptations."
"Covered macroevolution, consisting of taxonomy and cladograms, the latter being the most tricky. The student made improvements with his last test score, and I want to go over the incorrect questions this week after he goes to office hours."
"We ran through some sample AP Biology test questions. She had done some multiple choice on her own, so we talked about the ones she missed. Then we worked through a handful of free-response questions together."