Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had not received his exam back, but he recalled some of the questions and answers, based on memory. So, we began the session with his descriptions of the problems and how he went about answering these. He indicated that he would provide me with additional details once his exam was returned to him. Next, we looked at the lecture slides from the previous two classes. Since beginning the second half of the semester, a new professor was assigned to lecture, and the focus had shifted from cell and molecular biology to evolutionary genetics. He told me he had little prior experience with some of the more theoretical concepts, so I slowly explained concepts surrounding phylogenetic tree building, genetic sequence alignment, and haplotype analysis. Next, we discussed population genetics, include genotype and allele frequencies and Kai felt more comfortable with these concepts once he realized they were the foundation for Hardy Weinberg equilibrium analyses. We agreed to meet the following week at the same time."
"The student and I began our session by discussing his recent exam taken last week on cellular respiration and photosynthesis. I've not had an opportunity to review any of his recent exam or quiz grades, but eagerly await them in order to gauge his progress. We next started on the fundamentals of the new unit his class was covering, Genetics and Heredity. We discussed the basic components, structure, and nomenclature of the DNA molecule, followed by details of the components of nucleotides. We then reviewed the rules governing base pairing and hydrogen bonding within DNA. We then finished by reviewing the history of some of the seminal discoveries made that influenced how we came to understand the double-helix nature of DNA. At the beginning of our session, he had mentioned he felt intimidated by this unit, so I made sure to leave him with a review sheet we created together and asked him to simply read over it every evening for about five to ten minutes in order to feel more comfortable with this new subject."
"We covered photosynthesis and the Calvin cycle. The student is still working on learning the specific details of photosynthetic light-dependent cycle."