Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused on preparing the student for his upcoming biology exam. I quizzed him using flashcards and we also took notes on important concepts and worked on practice AP test questions. We also created a list of things he can study at home over the weekend. He has a lab report due on Tuesday. I encouraged him to speak with his teacher and get some feedback for the last lab report that he turned in so that we can make sure we meet her requirements. I asked him to bring a rough draft of his lab report on Monday so that we can work on polishing it instead of having to start from scratch."
"Today we finished the last of our review for the student's exam. We also finished discussing his review worksheet. He did a review of cell signaling using Gprotein and Tyrosine Kinase receptors as examples. Our discussion included any material the student had questions on, and some of the differences between Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. We finished off our session by answering questions from the course biology book CD. He is a very dedicated student and has been showing excellent progress with his knowledge of details."
"The student is studying for his final exam for the trimester, which is on Thursday. We reviewed material from his first exam in this class. The first exam covered basic biology topics such as major biological events, important organic chemistry reactions, and chemical composition of major biological components. Unfortunately, a significant portion of this material is straight memorization, so I advised him to study hard on his own until our next session."
"The student had a test last week after our first session. They have now begun genetics so we went over the phases of mitosis and meiosis again in some detail and we also started covering genetics, starting with Mendel and some definitions that he came across in his reading. He seems to have a better grasp on this than he did on the previous topic. We will continue one-hour session."
"We went over cell communication, direct, long range and short range signaling, g-protein coupled receptors, receptor tyrosine kinases, and ligand gated ion channels. We discussed the similarities and differences between all types of signaling, and some examples of those kinds of signaling."
"Reviewed cellular respiration and photosynthesis. This included reviews of redox reactions, glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, electron transport, and oxidative phosphorylation. Compared/contrasted oxidative with substrate level phosphorylation and the role of electron transport molecules. Reviewed photosynthesis with attention to the role photosystem I and II, action spectrum vs absorption spectrum, electron flow, and role of carrier molecules. Compared/contrasted electron transport between oxidative phosphorylation (chemiosmosis) and photosynthesis. Brief review of Calvin Cycle, C4, and CAM carbon fixation reactions."
"This week, the student and I went through each step of glycolysis for comprehension. I helped her understand what was happening in each step of the reaction and the reasons for phosphorylation/dephosphorylation. We discussed electron carriers and metabolism as a whole and where it takes place in the cell along with how it differs from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. I ended the session with her starting her paper on LDL/HDL and lipoproteins. She told me the sessions are helping her tremendously. Last week, her teacher gave her a pop-quiz after we discussed photosynthesis. She told me she ended up doing very well."
"Today we continued from where we left off on Wednesday with preparing for the student's upcoming final. She received an extensive study guide from her teacher today. The study guide was composed of questions which covered every chapter the final would cover. We spent today's session going over the study guide questions while reviewing and re-learning material along the way. We were able to cover most of the study guide before the session ended. We spent extra time going over some of the more important concepts, such as cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and cellular division which helped to refresh her memory on these topics."
"He worked on a final review that his teacher had provided. We went over the beginning topics such as functional groups and their importance to biological reactions, biological macromolecules, and oxidation/reduction reactions."
"The student and I went over a test review her teacher gave her which covered many topics including predicting products and conversions from gases to moles and such. She was not struggling with any of the work but needed a little guidance on a few of the problems. She understood the material well and should do well on her exam. She also told me that she got the highest grade on a pop quiz in the course, which is great since when we started working together she was consistently the bottom of her class."