Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got a "B-" on his last test, which he was OK with, but he thought he could have done better if not for a few mistakes. We are now on to preparing him for his final exam. He has done well when we go through his study guide, so that is the approach we are taking for the test. We started by going over transcription and translation in detail. He had some deficits in his knowledge, so we spent a lot of time going over the details of these processes and making sure he knew them well. He did very well when it came to knowing the order of events for these two processes. We will continue next session with genetics."
"The student has a test tomorrow, so we reviewed all of the concepts that were present on her two review packets. We started with transcription and translation, proceeded to genetics, and finished with specific laboratory techniques that apply to DNA and RNA. The student had an excellent grasp on the genetic dogma, but required a little bit of explanation when it came to the detailed genetic concepts. I provided her with examples in order to make sure that she understood how they applied to the general concepts that we had covered earlier, and this seemed to improve her understanding. The next sessions will cover the evolution of plants, fungi, and animals. We will also cover evolution and its concepts."
"Today we covered Chapters 4 and 5 in her book, going over the notes she had from class. We started by looking at molecules and polarity, then secondly looked at the 4 classes of macromolecules in the body. After that, we looked at isomers and their definitions. She seems to be reading the book, but she is missing some key concepts. To improve that, I told her to write in a notebook while she reads so that she is thinking more critically. She has not gotten her AP book yet so I couldn't assign any work related to the AP test."
"Since it is still very early in the semester for the student and he has not yet received a syllabus for his Algebra II class, we instead covered upcoming material for a quiz in his AP biology class. Subjects covered were the fluid mosaic model of the cell and the different types of transport including simple diffusion, facilitated diffusion, active transport, endocytosis, exocytosis and various examples of each. He struggled slightly with understanding how the electrochemical gradient of the cell could be quantified in volts but overall he seemed to have a good grasp of the material and so our session was mostly review. Good first session of the semester overall."
"The student has a test on Wednesday, on macromolecules, cell biology, and basic cell transport. She has been doing the homework and making review sheets, so she should do well on the exam. We went over basic chemistry concepts that will reinforce her understanding of the biochemistry of cells and of transport. We also went over how cell organelles interact with each other. We went through online multiple choice questions, most of which she can answer correctly. The wording of the questions is confusing, however the AP test will be like this as well, so she is starting to learn how to answer these questions. We also went over short/long answer questions from her review workbook, in anticipation for the Free Response questions she will get on her test. In addition, I mentioned concepts that she should know well (identifiers of macromolecules, organelle structure and theories, transport) that will probably be her FR questions."
"We mainly covered the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium equation, what it is, how it works, and attempted to complete some sample problems. We discussed the principles of the equation. We also covered population growth rates and went over some problem questions."
"Today, the student and I got to know each other and discussed which subjects he likes. He said he wanted to enroll in biology because his older brothers took the class but had a different teacher. He has typed/written notes and his teacher puts the syllabus and class notes online so they do not use a book. Today we went over lipids, (triglycerides/phospholipids) because he has a quiz on Monday."
"Tonight we covered a variety of topics. We went over her old exam, discussed what was on the exam tomorrow (cells, cell membranes, metabolism, and organelles). The student was struggling most with the basic concepts and definitions of biology. I suggested that she use instructional online videos since she is a visual learner and do 1-2 question sets from the learning tools section every day to increase her confidence in the material."
"The student and I reviewed 2 exams that were primarily covering biological cycles including photosynthesis, glycolysis, Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. Additionally, we discussed the need to put more study time into this course. I didn't leave any extra practice this time as I wanted to understand his primary struggles and get a baseline performance, however I did get a course syllabus and will prepare something to leave after the next session. I did not have any concerns about the session."
"We went thorough the cell division. We covered both mitosis and meiosis. We started with her PowerPoint files and went slide by slide. I explained all of them with details to her and how she can memorize them easily. She is doing great and she knew most of that. Also I explained to her how she can easily answer AP questions by summarizing the information she has and using her knowledge to find the correct answer."
"The student's class is concluding it's work on enzymes after a second lab involving saccharides. We discussed pH and temperature optima, and compared this to some actual lab results she had and also an online virtual lab. We also discussed a long worksheet about things such as the genetics of lactose intolerance and how that trait is manifested around the world. We reviewed the example of allosteric enzyme inhibition in her book. She is very well prepared in this area."
"The student had a test on Tuesday on water, basic chemistry, and animal behaviors. It was a bit of a cram session but we managed to cover most of the topics outlined for her exam. She grasped the material well."