Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's session, we went over DNA replication and gene expression. DNA replication was straightforward to the student, and because she was already familiar with the concepts, we went through it relatively quickly. We spent a fair amount of time going over the details of DNA transcription and RNA translation, which was warranted because of the extra material that is included in these concepts. We finished off the session with step-by-step explanation of some genetics research techniques, including recombinant DNA technology, PCR, and gene sequencing. Finally we went over some practice problems that she did very well on. Overall it was a productive session. Next week we will go over body systems and do some general prepping for the AP exam."
"The student shows good understanding of the subject matter. He was able to complete electron configuration diagrams and use equations for frequency and wavelength well. The one thing he lacks is being able to explain the periodic trends. I described to him how nuclear effective charge dictates these trends. We will continue to work on this next session."
"The student and I worked on three problems dealing with electric circuits. The first entailed a circuit with series resistors and a switch, which when closed caused a the circuit to change "shape" and isolate one of the two resistors. The second circuit problem dealt with a series circuit that became a parallel circuit upon closing of a switch. Finally, the last problem (which we did not get to finish) concerned a "compound" circuit, with both series and parallel resistors and five in total. Emphasis was on the voltage loop rule for accounting for voltage drops across resistors, finding equivalent resistances for the entire circuit, and calculating the current through the circuit as a whole as well as through separate branches, in the case of parallel configurations. Good job."
"We reviewed balancing equations using stoichiometric coefficients, determining the type of reaction (synthesis, decomposition, displacement, acid/base, etc.), finding the limiting reactant and the resultant yield, calculating the remainder of the excess reactant, and using % yield to find the actual amount of product produced."
"Today the session was mainly focused on exam-taking strategies, as well as familiarizing the student with the possible format of the questions. We reviewed old exams from previous years and she went through the questions and individual answer choices. We reviewed topics ranging from the cell cycle to tumor regulation, DNA translation, transcription, and translation. She felt confident at the end of the session, as she was able to sort out and answer most of the questions without any complications. She will continue studying for her final exam, and if she needs any further assistance, we will have a review session on Sunday."
"We reviewed for the student's ecology test. The student struggled the most with the nitrogen and sulfur cycles. The student had a great attitude and knew a good deal of the information already. I helped the student imagine what kinds of questions might be asked on the test, such as drawing food webs from given food chains."