Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered the cell cycle and cell division. We talked about the role of cyclin and Cdk in the cell cycle and the activation of the cyclin-Cdk complex by using a phosphatase. We also talked about different regulation mechanisms involving p21, Rb, p53, etc. We then moved from cell cycle control and regulation into the steps of cell division and what happens in each one (Prophase, Prometaphase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase, and Cytokinesis). We also reviewed the process of microtubule elongation in the context the spindle apparatus, and we reviewed the process of nuclear envelope degradation by phosphorylating the Nuclear Lamina. I am leaving her with the annotated slides for studying."
"Today we mostly reviewed and studied the student's biology chapter and lab assignments, since he has a test on Friday. He got his lab assignment that we worked on last week, and he earned a 95%. Within this chapter, we mostly need to study the karyotype analysis techniques and the names of different genetic disorders. He is doing very well, and his attitude is open. Once I remind him to slow down and take his time, he digests pronunciation tips well. We also worked on Spanish ('shopping' verb assignment) for about 20 minutes. I did leave him a journal assignment, but it is not due until next week."
"We went over acid/base problems including calculating pH, acid/base titrations, buffer solutions, as well as balancing acid/base reactions."
"This was a good session. We introduced solution chemistry. We began by defining solute, solvent, solution, unsaturated, saturated, and saturated with precipitate. We then defined molarity, M, as mol/liter. We focused on the units. It must be moles and liters not milliliters or milimoles. We then looked at diluting and concentration solutions by means of the C1V1=C2V2 property. We will introduce acid/base chemistry next session."
"During this session I supervised while the student worked on stoichiometry/dimensional analysis problems as well as balancing different types of equations from previous sessions. I went over a very formulaic approach to these types of problems, and she picked it up very quickly and gained significant confidence by the end of the session."
"We covered: synthesis by choosing Sn1 Sn2 reactions, Sn2 reactions, practice Sn2 problems, some Sn1 problems, reaction mechanisms drawings, accounting for carbons, E2 mechanism, Newman projections, and how the bulkiness of the base affects the reaction."