Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her lab report entitled "Making connections" which made comparisons between different types of plants. The experiment she did in class had her make physical observations about the 4 different types and then look at them at the genetic level to understand why they were/were not similar. We then also went over one of her previous labs on diffusion and membrane transport so that she could prepare for her 3/4 year exam this upcoming week."
"We reviewed for the student's test over plants on Monday. Topics covered included plant life-cycles (non-vascular, vascular non seeded and vascular seeded) root and leaf physiology, types of tissues, xylem and phloem structure and function."
"We covered material for his upcoming exam, it mainly focused on virus and bacteria. The virus material was the 2 cycles of a virus, as well as the structural components. The bacterial portion covered structure of different bacteria, as well as gram staining characteristics."
"The student has a test coming up and had prepared a list of questions to go over. There were quite a few questions and we spent the entire time trying to answer all of them. Overall the session went very well."
"Today we covered DNA replication, the central dogma, and DNA mutations. I explained different topics to the student and had him re-explain it after I was done. This worked at times and he was able to remember a good amount of information. If he did not remember a certain word, we went over the topic again. He did well in the first few sections but he struggled a bit with the last section. So this time I drew our the method of DNA regulation and it was very helpful. Overall he made a bit of progress today. However, I suggested he review the mutation section again."
"During this session, we reviewed the scientific method and the different parts of experiments, such as independent and dependent variables. We then spent the majority of the time reviewing the structure of cells, specifically reviewing what the different organelles in the cell do. We also spent some time talking about active and passive transport across the membrane."
"We went over succinic dehydrogenase levels in the heart, kidney and liver of cows, and how those levels compared to SDH levels in other organisms and tissues. We went over how to complete the discussion section of the lab report. I helped the student skim through scientific paper to incorporate into her lab report. I was also able to get to know the student better and to find out obstacles that are keeping her from her full potentials. We also decided the importance of starting assignments earlier, and speedy communication with professors and classmates. We set expectations and goals for future sessions on how to obtain better grades, and to learn from our mistakes."
"Today we specifically covered topics in cell division including the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis. Since we started reviewing these concepts last week, the student seemed very comfortable with the material and was positive throughout the session."
"She did great work on the other three essays that might be on her exam this Wednesday. We went over what she had written, making a few corrections and adjustments. Then we started going through the essays bullet-by-bullet, so that she could practice memorizing each topic's answers. We jumped around from essay to essay so that she could practice coming up with answers while being put on the spot as well as making sure that she knows the information outside of the context of the essay. She did a great job! And now just needs to practice on her own to get the essays memorized."
"Today we covered non-mendelian genetics, and helped the student complete some unfinished assignments. He understands the material, and should be prepared for his quiz."
"Today we covered Ch 14- Natural Selection. We looked at different modes of speciation, reproductive barriers and polyploidy. We went through many practice questions over this chapter and the student is strong in this particular material."
"Today we covered mitosis, meiosis and translation in detail because those were the subjects that the student seemed to struggle with most (reflected by progress report). In mitosis we reviewed the phases, the distinct occurrences and purpose of each phase. For meiosis we reviewed phases, differences, special situations and overall purpose of each phase that differed from mitosis. In translation we went through the three steps of the process and the specific terminology for each step. The student had a tough time with the terminology and their definitions at the beginning of the session, but as we reviewed diagrams and context for those vocab words, he became more confident. He had a much better grasp of what amino acids, tRNA, codons, anti-codons and proteins were near the end of the session."