Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was working on problems involving simple harmonic motion and oscillations, and he picked up the concepts very quickly. Sometimes almost too quickly, as his rush to get to the solution sort of ran over the principle involved. But he always recovered quickly and ended up picking up just about all the important points."
"Tonight we focused on cell reproduction and Mendelian genetics. We started by covering the phases of mitosis (interphase through telophase) and the relevant cell components (chromatin, chromosomes, centriols, etc.). I believe the student benefited from the review and was quickly capable of identifying these items on command. We spent the bulk of our time on the vocabulary and concepts of Mendelian genetics. He grasps the mechanics of Punnett squares, and cross breeding, though he continues to have some confusion regarding the notation of dominant v. recessive alleles and the distinction between a characteristic, a gene, and a genetic trait. Continued exposure and review will help with this. The student also has a tentative grasp on the mechanics of heredity (gametes, zygotes, independent assortment, and the law of segregation) again, more exposure and review will likely improve this. Finally, we spoke briefly about The Hound of the Baskervilles: He liked it and I recommended he read more Sherlock Holmes stories). We went over the importance of setting and atmosphere of a book, and the sometimes subtle distinctions between narrators, protagonists, and heroes of stories. While the student seems to understand the outlines of genetics, his articulation of the ideas are frequently vague. He needs to work on conceptualizing and expressing them more precisely, especially in the context of an exam. This is a area we will be giving attention to as we go along."
"We reviewed her old tests in preparation for her exam. We focused on different kinds of reactions, balancing equations, and knowing if reactants will form a precipitate. She will continue to work on memorizing vocabulary."