Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had a great session today. We covered a lot of material, and went a little longer than planned. We specifically covered transcriptional modification with 5' Cap, Poly A Tail, and Splicing. We also covered combinatorial control of gene expressions and different operon models in the context of repressors and activators. We also talked about other means of controlling gene expression with Leucine Zippers, Zinc Fingers, chromatin structure, and cis-regulatory sequences. We also talked about Promoter bashing and the principles behind that experimental technique."
"Since our last meeting, the student had a quiz on torque and rotational equilibrium but had not moved onto any new material. We decided to move ahead with the material that she would be encountering over the next week. I've noticed with all students, they learn how to use physics equations much better when they know where they came from and what they mean, so when we discussed rotational kinematics, we went through the equations together and derived them one by one. This was very helpful when we later worked on some non-mathematical problems that I pulled from a practice AP physics exam on this material. Since she missed kinematics last semester, I gave her a brief background on what each equation is used for so that I can relate them to rotational kinematic equations. I like to keep our sessions very interactive so that she gets some hands-on practice using the ideas of physics to solve problems. She is starting to think in real-world terms when I ask her a conceptual physic question, which is great to see. I believe that this attitude is what is going to make her successful in this course. Physics simulators are a good way to visualize what is happening when we alter variables in an equation, so next session I will introduce her to these tools so that she can reference them for her assignment problems. We covered an introduction of every topic that is going to be covered in this chapter and had some practice problems for the last half of the session, so next week we will continue our discussion more in depth, and I will expose her to some common problems that she will likely see in her coursework."
"We covered part of the student's homework due on Monday. This covered equilibrium acids and bases. The student is now more comfortable in doing cross multiplication and algebraic calculations. It was a good session."