Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Final review of the student's wave motion packet. She was already fully prepared for the test so this session primarily consisted of some practice problems from my physics book and some chat about how she's doing in school."
"The student has a test on metabolism, and enzymes. We went over how enzymes affect reactions, competitive and noncompetitive inhibitors, allosteric activators and inhibitors. We also discussed Gibbs free energy, entropy and enthalpy. He had a review sheet from his teacher that we went over together, and I also brought some practice material with me. He seems to have an excellent handle on the material, he was able to answer all the questions easily."
"The student was quite interested in science today. He has a test tomorrow about rocks. We enjoyed talking about rocks, and I think he picked up more of the important ideas. We spend the last 15 minutes on reading and writing."
"This session was all about Lipid Metabolism. It is part one of three parts, the remainder of which we will go through in the next two sessions. We talked about the structure and function of fatty acids. We then went into fatty acid synthesis, highlighting the function of Acetyl CoA Carboxylase (active when dephosphorylated) and Fatty Acid Synthase (composed of 7 enzymes) which ultimately results in the formation of Palmitic Acid. The desaturase cannot add double bonds past C9, so essential fatty acids alpha linolenic acid (omega-3)and linoleic acid (omega -6) are necessary in our diets. We then briefly went through Triacylglycerol synthesis in the well-fed state. It was a lot of material, but with extra time in the next session, we will do a quick overview."
"This week we covered the plasma membrane - its structure, function, and interactions with other parts of the cell. We also covered passive and active transport, and osmosis. Then we began the topic of cellular respiration by covering cell metabolism, include the laws of thermodynamics, catabolism and anabolism, and the function of enzymes. The student finished the test that covered the first five chapters, and I will be grading that and we will be reviewing it next week."
"This week, we covered the theory of evolution and some population genetics. The student seemed to have an easier time understanding the concepts of this unit compared to the previous two molecular biology units.I will be sending an at-home assessment for him to complete that will test his understanding of concepts that we have learned so far. I will also test his retention of the most important facts in person next week."