Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed gene mutations: hereditary mutations, acquired (or somatic) mutations, additions or deletions of DNA, errors in DNA replication, structural abnormalities, deletion, duplications, translocations, inversions and insertions with examples of some of these frameshift mutations applied in different scenarios like sickle-cell disease and Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. We also discussed acquired chromosome abnormalities associated with cancer."
"During this session, the student and I continued with the essay on stem cells. Specifically, we went over the two different types of stem cells - embryonic and somatic - discussing their differences, sources, potencies, and citing examples for each. We then discussed the specific definition for cellular differentiation and the mechanism that drives this process: the turning off and on of various genes in the same copy of DNA resulting in a differing proteome within cells. This is a particularly difficult concept that she did really well with. We all but finished this essay and made plans for her to write the others to send to me for corrections. She seemed more confident during this session with the material especially after we discussed how she thinks she learns and retains information."
"During this session, the basics of the current biology project was completed. I had given the student detailed, handwritten notes, and examples for topics including how to find/create her research/experiment, identify the 5x3 necessary layers of her project, identify her dependent and independent variables, phrase her hypothesis, create data tables for her accumulated data, and how to create graphs for her data."