Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met the evening before the exam and agreed to spend some extra time going over the problems on the practice exams. First, we focused on the haplotype plot, since this is where we had ended during the previous session. There were some new calculations to make on linkage disequilibrium, so we covered this material in ample detail. We also calculated expected and observed heterozygosity for a number of loci. Next, we dealt with a gene alignment and determined the derived and ancestral states to determine the most parsimonious tree. The student also reviewed with me the techniques he had learned in the lab periods, since these consistently comprise a portion of the exam's questions. Finally, we devised a strategy for answering the vocabulary section. We determined that the most beneficial technique involved classifying each vocabulary term with a noun and jotting down associated keywords before trying to find the right match. We spent a good deal of time dissecting each of the terms on the practice exam to ensure that the student felt comfortable with the definitions and concepts."
"We covered biology and chemistry. We started at the basics for both, reviewing atomic theory, structure of an atom, elemental properties, and properties of matter and isotopes. Then we moved onto cell theory and structure, then went over organelles and their functions, and the difference between euks and proks and animal and plant cells."
"We covered material that would be on the student's midterm exam. We focused on organic chemistry, including functional groups and naming. We also went over a section on plants/animals that compared the differences (mitochondria vs. chloroplasts), as covered in our previous session."