Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed the student's AP Biology Transformation Lab, which covered specific questions regarding his Bacterial transformation lab. Because his AP course places a large weight on labs for his overall grade, the student spent a great deal of time going through the lab questions to ensure the upmost quality of his answers. Specific AP Biology topics include controls and experimental groups and what they tell us (scientific method). We also covered bacterial transformation, inducer, DNA and protein synthesis, and biotechnology. The student struggled a bit with grasping the concepts behind the lab's questions. He is an excellent student; however, his strengths are memorizing the concepts, and he is a bit weaker with critical thinking. If he starts applying his knowledge to think critically as in this lab, he would be an even more outstanding student. I will try to get him to think about his material in a more critical manner, so that he begins to make connections between the facts that he has already memorized. We will continue working on this in future sessions. We will be preparing for his next AP Biology test, so he will be reviewing his notes until then."
"Today we covered limiting reactant problems. The student struggled a little bit, but she just needs to practice some more. We will continue to work on these problems so that she can improve."
"Worked through her review for the stock test. And further discussed limiting reagents in excess. Also calculated percent yield."
"We went over various practice questions and reviewed the material before his final exam. The student seemed comfortable with the materials and seemed to be well prepared. We covered topics such as the location of proteins and where they are translated."
"Today the student and I talked about the cardiac system, specifically moving from the oxygenation of blood and blood flow through the heart chambers to the electrical system of the heart. We then moved on to the renal system and discussed the kidneys, nephrons, their functions and some common pathologies. She was very interested in the material and well focused. Next session we will go into some more bilateral kidney disease. She was a pleasure to work with and very cooperative. She turned in her vaccines paper and is working on a paper now on the immune system and how the body reacts to a cold."
"We covered much of anatomy, reviewed body systems. We first looked at the digestive system, especially reviewing functions of the small intestine and various digestive enzymes. We also looked at muscle and bone systems. We reviewed the three types of muscle and the four layers of bone structure. In addition to body systems, I helped her with understanding various new terms in animal biology."