Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered more acid/base equilibrium. The most difficult concept for her was polyprotic acids, but that was just a minor struggle because something clicked for her right after I explained it. I gave her a couple practice tests with a lot of questions on each of them. Overall it was a great session."
"Today's session was dedicated to reviewing for the student's quiz which will be next week. We focused primarily on carbohydrates, specifically monosaccharides and their structure. We finished the session by reviewing the pentose phosphate pathway, glycolysis, and gluconeogenesis. We used the chapter review questions to guide our covered material. The student has been left with overviews of all of the chapters covered thus far. I recommended that he review all of the chapters again that will be on the quiz to make sure that all the material is well understood. My biggest goal moving forward is to emphasize the regulators for all of the major processes of cellular respiration and what sections they activate/inhibit. This will be key to the student's success in the class. We will meet next week and cover the citric acid cycle as well as pyruvate processing."
"The student has an exam in 2 weeks that she needs to prepare for. The exam is on the central dogma's of biology--replication, transcription, and translation and related topics in genetics including transposons and gene regulation. The material, unlike the student's previous exam in Mendelian genetics, is extremely conceptual and requires the memorization of many different processes and names of enzymes and sequences. We spent some time reviewing how to solve 3-point cross problems, which for some reason will appear on her exam although it does not really relate to the rest of the material. The student was very confused at first about how to understand the proportions of phenotypic classes in a 3-point cross, but after we did one problem together, she did another herself and figured out the order of the loci, the genetic distance between them, and the values for coefficient of coincidence and Interference. We then started to review some practice exams she had, which was more discussion of processes related to the central dogma."