Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As a continuation from our last session, the student and I ran through a multitude of practice questions. I felt confident that he learned a multitude of new concepts and reinforced the review we had yesterday."
"Discussed study skill techniques with the student in terms of how to best prepare for exams and strengthen his content understanding. I reviewed his current performance in the course as a means of having an understanding how many more available points he could earn with the time left in the course. In terms of biology content, we briefly reviewed bioenergetics in terms of the electron transport chain and atp synthesis. I used this example to assess his understanding of the material, but also conceptually show him that drawing figures out assists in understanding details about content. The last half of the session, we were going over topics regarding the cell cycle, mitosis, and concluded with a brief overview of meiosis and genetic crossover. For the next session, I asked him to review all the content we discussed in more detail and to in-depth study the rest of the content in this module for his class."
"During this session, I shared the flashcards I had made covering several biology terms with the student. We then looked over a finished problem set concerning recombinant DNA and analyzed a couple of trouble areas. We also began working through a problem set for eukaryotic transcription. However, we frequently had to check the answers and decided to go over the notes instead. There were a couple of conceptual issues we ran into, but I believe that we made some good progress today. We came up with an analogy for the pre-initiation complex and the order that the general transcription factors bind. We also reviewed some previous material and I was pleased to see the mnemonic CRAIV had stuck. I asked her to do the reading for the enhanceosome and we plan to cover eukaryotic translation tomorrow."
"During this session, I taught the student about water and how its properties make it ideal for life. Since she does not have much of a background in chemistry, I taught her some basic chemical principles, such as hydrogen bonding, to make sure she understood everything. We also discussed acids, bases, and pH in the context of living things."
"During this session, we covered molecular biology concepts, including DNA replication, transcription, translation, virus, and types of RNA. The student was struggling with DNA replication, which is what we spent the most time on. We also covered study strategies, including note cards and how to best approach practice exams. We also made a study schedule for her to follow leading up to her exam."
"During this session, we covered topics 7 and 8, which include the cellular mechanisms of transcription and translation, functionality and universality of the genetic code, and the central dogma of biology (DNA to RNA to proteins)."