Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Prepared for test. Reviewed DNA replication, transcription, RNA processing and translation. We drew diagrams and outlined each process. She had most trouble with the directionality of replication. Understood the sequence of events well. Additionally, we went over the lac operon and how it works."
"We covered most of Chapter 7 but did not quite finish it. The students had a few issues from the last lesson that we had to iron out. At the end of the lesson, I did review some of the materials and noticed they are not yet prepared for their exam on Tuesday. We will finish chapter 7 next Tuesday before their test."
"We have been working on ways to connect all of the concepts we've worked on all semester together with reality. It's hard to understand how these small micro molecules interact to create the world we live in today."
"The student's class is working on taxonomic classification of plants, so we went over his assignment together, discussed the material, and looked up more information on the topic on the Internet as we went through the review sheet."
"The student and I used her notes and a textbook to review the digestive and excretory systems today. We looked at illustrations and videos to help her visualize the systems and had her draw a picture of the digestive system to engage her in learning. By the end of our session she was able to articulate the basic components of each of the two systems. We also did a review sheet for her exam and she was able to answer almost all of the questions from memory."
"In this session, the student and I finished talking about the kingdom Plantae and began to make flash cards for the various types of plants including Tracheophyes, Bryophytes, seeded and non-seeded plants. The student was very interested in using the cards to study the material as opposed to reviewing her notes or study guide."
"The student and I worked on his biology and math homework. For his biology homework, we covered topics pertaining to genetic modification and for his math homework we covered factorials. By the end of the session, he had a clear understanding of the concepts."
"Since the new material taught in class was minimal, today we had a review session looking over previous units in preparation for the final. In particular, the student went through the pathways, and completed quiz questions I made on the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and excretory systems. He was comfortable with the material and understood the concepts well. We also were happy about his perfect score on the skeletal system exam, that reflected his dedicated efforts in bio."
"We finished her homework assignment on DNA replication. Then we reviewed the endocrine system, specifically the major glands and their functions. We talked about diseases in that system, and she chose ones that were genetic that she could use for a class assignment on genetic disorders."
"Today, the student and I worked on Mendelian genetics and inheritance. Specifically, we covered alleles, heritable traits (using Punnett squares), and the laws of inheritance and their exceptions. He seemed to understand the Punnett squares and the calculating the probabilities associated with them. He also seemed to understand the conceptual topics we covered, and asked pertinent questions throughout the lesson. I was pleased with his engagement and understanding of the material. Our next lesson will be either content based or a lab."
"Today's session focused on ecology and interactions between different organisms. We discussed how these different relationships effect the different parties involved. We went over examples of mutualism, commensalism and parasitism and identified how the parties involved either benefit or suffer as a result. We also went over some of the vocabulary associated with ecology. Next week we will complete the ecology sections and begin to review for the final exam."
"In this session, we went over the laws of inheritance including Mendelian genetics, codominance, independent assortment, sex linked traits, disorders related to genetics, polygenic inheritance and production of gametes."