Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued to review for the student's upcoming midterm exam. We focused on chemistry and molecular biology today. We discussed the building blocks of each type of macromolecule, and discussed examples of monosaccharides and disaccharides. We also discussed energy storage in animals. We then discussed the locations in the body where glucose is stored as glycogen, and what forms it is stored in. We also discussed starches and cellulose as they relate to plants and plant energy storage. The student continues to familiarize herself with the concepts and at this rate, should be ready on test day."
"Today we went over a review packet that the professor provided for the upcoming final on January 13th. The first thing we discussed was cell anatomy of animal and plant cells and what the function of each organelle is. We did an extensive breakdown of the plasma membrane: its components and how it regulates materials that flow in and out of the cell. Then we related the concept of permeability and tonicity to illustrate how water moves. This was compared to a lab done in class. We discussed how to find the number of protons, neutrons, electrons in an atom and how to find the mass number and atomic number if given two of these items. Our trend of discussing and depicting went next to the cell cycle, and to the structure of DNA, and I taught the student some mnemonics to remember the pyrimidines and purines. A quick discussion about DNA replication, transcription, and translation ended the session. The student gained a good understanding of these concepts after our review and was able to verbally explain them correctly at the end of the session. So next session, I will quiz him to ensure retention of material and continue to help. Overall, excellent start."
"The last thing the student needs to do in order to finish her online biology class is the final, so we spent today's session figuring out which topics she should look over more closely. She seems pretty well prepared, overall, but I cautioned her to review even topics that she feels comfortable with. I wouldn't want her to get tripped up during the final because she thought she remembered something better than she actually did. We plan to meet again on Monday, so that she can take the test sometime next week (probably) -- I also advised her to take the test sooner rather than later."