Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Review of electron transport chain and Calvin cycle in photosynthesis. Explanation of light dependent and independent reactions."
"We discussed her move and her adjustment at High School. We discussed how she was a little apprehensive about her abilities in Biology. I suggested she ask for help and clarification when she needs to. We worked on her two assignments dealing with DNA, DNA replication, Mitosis, and Cytokinesis. We used her notes given by her teacher. There was some missing information so I asked if she had a textbook, and she said it was online but she needed to get the password and code. I suggested she ask for an actual textbook if possible. She said she had access to a power point presentation. We completed both assignments except for the part she needed from her class activity. We discussed her problem with spelling the science vocabulary words."
"We discussed ecology principles such as primary and secondary succession, food chains/ webs, and symbiotic relationships."
"Today we went over the Biology notes the student has been working on. Particularly with the classes of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Then after we reviewed biology, we did some SAT practice. We worked on reading passages this time, and we also worked on timing each of the passages. Some tips that we will improve on next time is reading sentences before and after the line in question in order to get an accurate grasp of the context of the question. We will also work on going with first "gut instinct" about questions. Great job today on timings and answering the questions correctly. She only missed about 2 per section, which is not bad at all."
"Today we went through "compartmental organization of the body" and "fluid and electrolyte homeostasis." We spent a good amount of time discussing sodium pumps, as well as the uphill vs. downhill movement of sodium and potassium through the pumps. For example, we talked about the importance of the gradient for the movement of glucose. We went in depth about compartmentalization differentiating the ESF (ISF+plasma) from the ICF, and we also talked about the LF."
"Tonight the student and I covered PCR, Sanger method sequencing, gel electrophoresis, and reviewed old DNA structural material. The student said he was struggling the most with the Sanger method so we focused on the Sanger method, and as always the student's attitude was positive and ready to cover the material."