Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed what we did last session concerning the lactose and tryptophan operons and added in some terminology from the student's textbook. We then discussed enhancers, how they function concerning their aid in transcription, and how they help control gene expression. I asked her to read through 18.2 in her textbook before we meet again on Friday."
"The student and I covered dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, and gas laws. She expressed some concern that the course assumed she was familiar with certain problem solving techniques when in fact she has not had lessons in them. We worked through practice problems. Though she seemed doubtful at first about how to approach the problems, she demonstrated ease with terminology, concepts, and calculating values (e.g. relative molar mass) that we subsequently applied in our other calculations. She appears to be catching on to the approach that is typically used to solve the types of problems we went over today, which were mostly stoichiometric problems. If she has not already become more comfortable, I expect that she will soon gain mastery and comfort with these sort of problems as we work through more of them together."
"Today we went through the incorrect answers on a prior test the student had. The test focused on biochemistry and enzymatics. We went through each of the answer choices and the reasoning behind the correct answers."
"In today's session, the student completed problem set 42 for math as well as the review sheet for his upcoming exam. For physics, we did practice problems and review on forces for his quiz tomorrow. He understands the material."
"The student and I started off our session by discussing her lab report. She has been doing a report on respirometry and was confused by the design of the experiment and what exactly she was measuring. After we cleared up confusion concerning the general purpose of the lab, we then moved onto discussing cellular respiration. I drew diagrams of glycolysis, pyruvate oxidation and the citric acid cycle and explained the reactants and products of each phase of respiration to her. We will discuss each phase in more detail after she goes over them for a bit in class."
"We reviewed Immunology today. We began by breaking the subject into two significant parts, Innate and Adaptive Immunity. After a brief review, the student completed her online quiz (100%) and her homework. While she understood most of the topics we covered, I feel there may be gaps of understanding that I plan to address during our next session. She paid attention well and would attempt to answer questions, and I would check for understanding. I think she will be ready for her exam on Friday!"