Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is feeling much better the past few days. We are in the middle of chapter 8, and there is a large amount of material in this chapter. The instructor focuses quite a bit on cancer, so that's where we started today. I think he had a much better understanding not only of cancer, but also normal cell division. We also covered how the process of cell repair and replacement stays orderly and the basic control methods for orderly cell replication. Lastly, we discussed human chromosomes and genetics (overview). We are scheduled to meet again on Saturday at 830 am. I advised him that we would also need to study on Sunday to which he agreed. I am hoping that covering chapters 8 and 9 in shorter sessions will be beneficial for him as there is a very large amount of material to cover, and since it is all microscopic, the drawings and electron microscope pictures take time to study as well."
"Since the next exam was approaching, we agreed to meet twice during the week. For this first session, we had an in-depth discussion of meiosis and mitosis, including each of the relevant phases that occur during each process. First, we reviewed the structure and function of DNA, including its location and what its role in the cell is. Next, we reviewed gene expression and DNA replication in order to distinguish the separate functions of a cell and its genetic material. When discussing mitosis and meiosis, I introduced topics related to somatic cells and the production of gametes, thereby ensuring that the student was aware of the fundamental difference between the processes. We spent the majority of the session looking at the figures in the book, and I allowed her to explain the stages of each process while asking questions on any items or definitions that were not clear. By the end of the session, it appeared that she gained a high level of confidence with the material, based on her aptitude generating complex explanations of the processes."
"-We covered ecology. -Left student with a crude study guide. -Student has an upcoming test on Friday."
"We went over the dissection, blood types, and clinical situation which we can relate the material to. The student isn't exactly struggling with the material it is just the way the class is structured that would make most people confused. Her attitude was very positive, and she was engaging in the session by asking a lot of questions."
"We went over the electromagnetic spectrum. He has an extremely difficult course and the professor is assigning extremely difficult problems. I went over the first three and sent him copies of my solutions (written in Windows paint). I will attempt to do some of the others and send him the solutions. The problems are based on the absorption and emission of photons to excite electrons to higher levels. The main problem is that the professor is enamored of using elements other than hydrogen, or, in other words, completely theoretical systems."
"We went over the first 3 homework assignments. The topic was axial deformation. The student is starting to understand how to set up the statics behind the problems. He is a bit reluctant to actually draw the picture to start the problem, I hope to get him to feel comfortable sketching the picture soon. I told him to set up the next problem, as it was similar to one of the problems we did during the session."