Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered Mitosis and Meiosis. Went over DNA replication and its role in Mitosis. Went through the processes of both Mitosis and Meiosis and the differences of each. Discussed the cell cycle and where mitosis fits in. Covered which cells carry out each process and the reasons why they do. Discussed how meiosis leads to genetic diversity."
"We covered chapters 3 and 4 from their biology textbook. The students did quite well with the material and were able to work through the conceptual understanding."
"Today's session was spent working through the entirety of cellular respiration. We went through the concepts regarding aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. We looked in depth at glycolysis, Krebs cycle, and electron transport chain. Including the inputs and outputs of each. We also looked at fermentation and anaerobic respiration. The student has a pretty good understanding of the big picture."
"The student and I briefly discussed the topic of evolution. We talked about a few philosophers and their theories. We also talked about his recent exam. I felt like he knew the majority of the materials the last 2 sessions we had before his exam. We discussed study strategies and testing methods."
"We were able to complete all the worksheets and the vocabulary guide during our session. The student really enjoys genetics and Punnett squares, which really shows in her understanding of the subject. She is also doing better at making sure her homework is always turned in on time, which is helping her grade as well."
"Today we went over the student's biology test. She is going to talk to her teacher about some of the essay questions she missed. We then went over her algebra videos and worked on her quiz. She got all of the questions correct. She had two biology videos to watch tonight. They are doing two labs in class this week, one of which she will have to write a lab report for. We watched the videos and then discussed the material. On Saturday I will have practice problems and questions on all the material she has learned this week."
"We covered photosynthesis in preparation for the student's quiz on Friday. We went in-depth with both dependent and independent reactions. We looked at how each reactant and product is either used or produced, and the big-picture importance. We reviewed the effect of removing certain reactants and what would happen to the cascade. He seemed confident about the material, and should do well on his quiz."
"Student is just starting a new chapter in her class. The chapter is all about photosynthesis. She already had a really great understanding of photosynthesis (her teacher was even making copies of her notes to give to the whole class). This allowed us to spend our time going over the more complex details of photosynthesis. We broke down the steps in the light-dependent reaction and the Calvin cycle. We talked about how NADPH and ATP produced by the light-dependent cycle are necessary for the carbon cycle. She knew all the inputs and outputs of photosynthesis and we were also able to discuss why ATP is so important and how it carries energy. This chapter also tied together nicely with her previous chapter on diffusion and transport in cells."
"We covered taxonomy, phylogenetic trees, clades, early earth, and evolution. The student had an overall good understanding of the material, but had a little trouble with remembering the different kingdoms and phylums and differentiating between phylogenetic trees and taxonomy. The student had a positive attitude towards the reviewed material. For study skills, we talked about what slides to focus on and how questions would be asked. Extra practice was to go over the slides. The student got a 92% on her last exam."
"We covered the Hardy-Weinberg Principle and how to conduct a Chi Square Test. The student was struggling at first with getting started, but once we discussed how to find the allele frequency using the number of recessive phenotypes in the population, he was able to successfully solve for the number of homozygous and heterozygous dominant in the population as well as know the p and q allele frequencies. I left the student to solve one last problem to practice with, to find the frequency of albinism in Wisconsin. In the previous session, we covered the concepts surrounding genetic engineering and the creation of vaccines. Additionally, we reviewed the process of cloning and mutations that are common in the molecular level."
"During the tutoring session we discussed the lab report and went over the proper ways in which to formulate a null hypothesis how to graph a scatter plot with data collected and correlated. She has an exam in two weeks and we began preparing."
"We reviewed Concepts for Chapter 13 and 14. We discussed concepts that the student thought were difficult. She has a biome lab that she is working on with her group at school. We researched the Tundra Biome and reviewed facts about the Tundra Biome. We will spend 15 - 20 minutes each session preparing for the assessment."