Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student and I worked on concepts within cellular respiration. She was having the most difficulty understanding the processes within oxidative phosphorylation, so we went through the process step by step with a diagram. By the end of the session, she had a better understanding of the electron transport chain, and how it is used to create a large amount of ATP. We completed a few worksheets and some extra practice to help her to grasp these ideas."
"We covered embryonic development and then went over the basics of organismal biology. Specifically, we talked about the stages of development from zygote to morula to blastula to gastrula. While discussing the process of development, we incorporated terms such as haploid, diploid, blastopore, archentron, coelom, etc. This was done to learn the terminology as part of a process and not a list of vocab words to memorize. Next week, we will review what is covered in the student's class in preparation for his next exam. I left him with the study technique of drawing out processes and labeling figures drawn as a way of learning and memorizing. He was able to grasp the early development process and tell me which term described which part of the embryo."
"We reviewed the student's performance on the test that she took today. We discussed her study habits and discussed the techniques that she used. She tries to remember the concepts by repeating them in an attempt to drill the content into her memory. I have introduced pictures and graphs to assist her with remembering the content. We reviewed chapter 9 Biotechnology using flipcards and diagrams. After 30 minutes she took a short 5 question textbook quiz and made a 100%."
"The student has moved into the next step of biology which is whole system biology. We have stopped looking at individual micromolecules and started looking at species as a whole. She will not have an issue with this new material as it is very common knowledge, however she will need to retain her previously obtained information about genes and proteins."
"We went over the self quizzes in the back of the chapter for chapters 1 and 2, then went over parts of chapter 3. The student is getting a better understanding of the chemistry that's involved in biology. We talked a little about glucose and how it forms starch, and we will move on to lipids next time."
"During this session, the research lab write-up was again reviewed. Data tables were changed and augmented to include mean/average change in heart rate, a separate results/data section was added for the write-up, the conclusion was changed to include "what should be done to overcome limitations for a subsequent experiment," and other edits on grammar and wording were discussed and corrected."
"Today, we got acquainted and found a place that works for us to meet over the next few months. The student told me about a paper he had to write about a famous biologist and we decided to research Rosalind Franklin. I helped him research and then outline his paper, which he should be working on while he is away."
"Today we covered several different review materials for the student's upcoming test on the cell cycle, cell division, and cell reproduction. We started out with reviewing a review packet from class, then doing some practice questions from online resources. I think she has a good grasp on this unit but needs to focus on studying definitions and terms. She was positive throughout the session and we ended the session with reviewing some strategies for test-taking. I left some notes with specific areas where she should focus during studying and we will be in touch over the next two days if she needs further clarification before her test on Tuesday."
"Due to upcoming standardized testing, no new material in the student's biology class was available for tutoring, so we covered Prions. Prions are infectious proteins that work in similar fashion to a virus but are much more difficult to test and they have no known cure or vaccine. We looked into examples of these types of diseases which are very rare. We also covered other parasites that can possibly affect one's health and the possible cures. Our next session will act as the start of preparations for final exams slated. The sooner she starts to prepare for them, the better her scores will be."
"This was a good session. We began a new unit. We defined DNA and looked at the three monomers of DNA (sugar, phosphate, nitrogenous base). We also explored eukaryotes vs prokaryotes. Eukaryotes having organelles, a nucleolus, and double helix DNA and prokaryotes having no organelles and circular DNA. We explored histone proteins and chromosome organization. We then mapped the 7 steps of mitosis Nd the 13 steps of meiosis with crossing over. Thankfully we will have two to three sessions on this material."
"The student has a test tomorrow. We reviewed Chapter 13 and Chapter 14, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell regulation and the central dogma of genetics (Transcription and translation). She seemed overwhelmed with all the information we reviewed. She understood lac operon well but needed to delve deeper into the details. She also understood basic transcription and translation rules and anaerobic vs aerobic energy. We focused on epigenetics, heterochromatin vs euchromatin and transcription/ translation regulation. Towards the end of our session, she seemed more confident. I highlighted what subject matter to focus her efforts. I look forward to an update on her test."
"The session started out by having the student draw diagrams detailing the digestive and cardiovascular system. I also quizzed him over essential vitamins and nutrients, their sources, and what their symptoms are for an inefficiency with them. He continues to demonstrate greater retention from previous sessions. I have provided him with several charts and we have discussed the need to know each aspect of the chart, since the professor tends to ask "all that apply" questions. We finished our session by detailing the remainder of the cardiovascular system and by introducing partial pressures (in regards to the respiratory system). He knows the reading he needs to complete by our next session. He should be able to detail all 3 systems that we have covered in detail and be able to discuss homeostasis, essential vitamins, and anatomy we have covered."