Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered general concepts of Genetics, including definitions of hyper-homozygous traits, gametes, pure and hybrid examples, genotypes, phenotypes, dominant and recessive genes, alleles and traits. Also we covered concepts of Mendelian inheritance, Mendel's laws, such as Law of Segregation, Law of Independent Assortment and Law of Dominance. The student needed help with some definitions and concepts that prevented him from understanding the big picture of genetics and the application of these concepts. He was very attentive and showed great attitude toward the material reviewed. I used a couple of strategies that allowed the student to simplify concepts and create comparative examples (analogies) to better understand the material."
"We went through her project for Valentine's day. I explained to her how she has to set the problem and use the genetic concepts to solve them. Then we went through Lac Operon. I explained the concept to her, and we went through the lab that she had to answer the questions. She understood that, and she was able to do them by herself. She is doing well."
"The student organized her biology materials and was able to get things ready for review from the beginning. We discussed stages and outcome of meiosis in plants and animals. She did a great job learning names and characteristics of each meiosis phase. We used manipulative techniques to learn what was happening in each stage. She was able to answer correctly my short questions regarding metaphase and anaphase. We also discussed test-taking strategies. We spoke about adding extra practice questions followed by a discussion to help her become comfortable with scientific vocabulary. We considered the possibility of obtaining an extra pre-test from her teacher. She is a very capable and bright student who could benefit from extra help with biology topics."
"The student continued to study for her biology EOC. She seemed comfortable with most of the information and positive about her ability to perform well on the test. We will continue meeting to begin reviewing for her class final coming up in May."
"We reviewed the mechanism by which rhodopsin and retinal act in cones and rods to allow for perception and sensation of light; this was the only material that we went over from previous notes. We then went on to new material and discussed the structure of skeletal muscle cells and their components, as well as the mechanisms involved in muscle contraction (including cross-bridge cycling, sliding filaments, and the neurotransmitters and ions required for this to happen). We went on to review endochondral ossification. The student seemed to pick up on the concepts easily and was able to provide an accurate summation of each process, which is showing her ability to engage and study/learn actively. I found a few drawings that were helpful for her style of learning. She will review practice exam questions for her exam next week, and we will meet again if she has specific questions."
"Reviewed prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription and translation. Started looking at chromatin remodeling processes and gene activator regions. Looked at problem set questions and discussed answers. Material presented in class sometimes unclear and incomplete, but analyzing notes and diagrams should help."