Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a lab write-up as well as a large packet for his Biology class. His lab write-up consisted of concepts pertaining to genetic transformation/ conjugation within bacterial cells; his packet consisted of other genetic concepts, particularly the transcription and translation of DNA and RNA. Although there were some concepts we had to iron out, he had a very strong understanding of the material by the end of the session. Additionally, since we had a lot of Biology homework to complete, we did not get to his math homework. However, he said that he understands the math homework very well. As always, this was a very productive session so I look forward to working with him again next Monday."
"We went over Genetics today for her test retake tomorrow. We covered DNA, RNA, transcription, replication, translation, Punnett squares, pedigrees, etc. For Biology, it is mainly about learning the concepts through memorization (at first), then applying them."
"The student worked on two labs dealing with genetics, reproduction and inheritance today. One focused on the inheritance of traits and how we get half of our genetic information from each parent. The other lab introduced karyotyping and how looking at chromosomes can predict certain diseases."
"The student worked on biotechnology and genetics today. These topics are quite different so it was a large amount of content that needed to be covered. She worked well. She needs to focus on understanding and applying vocabulary."
"We covered the atomic structure of the elements, as well as the element's properties and how it relates to the periodic table. I tried to quiz them as often as I could to test their basic recall of understanding the material, as well as give them helpful metaphors to explain the material. The students did a great job in comprehending the material, and I hope with the lesson plan and textbook in hand, the sessions can run smoother the next time around."
"We went over Genetics and Cell Division primarily. We also began to think of plan of action for the final. Student told me she has raised her grade from a C to a B so progress is being made. We plan to touch base after spring break."
"The session was focused mainly on review for the upcoming test the next day. We focused on the more difficult concepts in this section, and did some drills to help remember key terms that will most likely be on the test. The student currently has a 77 average in the class and the goal is for him to be above an 80 which will be a B."
"Helped the student structure his laboratory conclusion, and reviewed DNA replication so he can be prepared to retake a quiz. While he still requires some prompting to get the correct answer, he is doing significantly better, and was able to correctly answer just about every question I asked him. I am very pleased with his improvement, and think I my tutoring is having a positive impact. I think meeting twice a week and studying as we are now will be enough to help him succeed in this class."
"We went over her last test and discussed what she got wrong. She did well on the test overall, getting an A-. We looked at her homework and talked about what she would write (she wanted to type up the answers on her computer). Then, we reviewed mitosis and meiosis again. Finally, I had her do some problems on body systems to determine what she needs help with. She needs help with endocrine and digestive systems."
"In today's session we covered the topics in detail from the student's notes. The topic we spent the most time on was the process of transcription and translation and all the vocab and concepts in between (codons, anti-codons, proteins, amino acids, mRNA, DNA, tRNA, rRNA etc.). This was the topic that the student struggles with the most, so we broke everything down step by step and talked about the purpose of each step and made analogies. He did seem to remember some of the topics we reviewed from last week. We put each vocab word in the context of the steps involved in the overall process of replication, transcription, and translation. We also covered genotype and phenotype (blood typing, and types of progeny resulting from parental crosses). The student did not struggle very much with these, so we only briefly covered them."
"We talked about Mendelian genetics. Punnet square, the three laws of Mendel 1- law of dominance 2- law of segregation 3- law of independent assortment and we discussed how to analyze a pedigree and solved some problems from her assignment."
"The student and I covered DNA, chromosomes, all of which are materials he will be tested on tomorrow. Basically did test review and he was pretty confident. I suggested that he continued on with the review throughout the day and to get a good night's rest in order to score well on his exam."