Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I primarily prepared for his test tomorrow on evolution. We went over the five factors of evolution, Darwin's and Lamarck's theories, selection pressures, adaptations, punctuated equilibrium vs. gradualism, and I even showed him some extracurricular concepts such as Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium to illustrate that evolution works on populations (allele frequencies), not individuals."
"We began with introductions and discussion on the student's grades thus far in the course. We then discussed the upcoming exam on DNA replication, transcription, and translation. She had some questions on a couple of slides from the lecture on the lac-operon system in E. coli. We did some review online, and I promised to send her some more detailed study materials. We then decided to begin work on Problem Sets #7 and #8. We covered concepts related to DNA banding experiments, the role of helicase in DNA replication, the difference between leading and lagging strands during replication, the differences between various types of polymerases, Okazaki fragments, polymerase chain reaction, primer and experimental design, and DNA synthesis. We agreed to meet after the weekend was through for continued review before Thursday's exam. She agreed that she would spend some time on her own reviewing the lac-operon system, DNA mutation repair mechanisms, and specific types of nucleotide mutations."
"Today we covered bacteria. He seemed to have a good understanding of the material. I made sure to clear up any questions he had."