Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a basic review of cell division based on the student's notes from class and we did a practice test together. She seems on track for learning the new material well. We spoke briefly about categorizing terminology to find the right answer in a multiple choice test."
"Tonight the student and I covered similarities and differences between the DNA and RNA molecules. We reviewed transcription, translation and the manner in which proteins are synthesized in the ribosomes. We discussed degeneracy in the genetic code and that the transcription initiation start site begins with a methionine. We covered post transcriptional modifications of mRNA and splicing and, finally, reviewed other roles for the RNA molecule in living systems."
"We did a slight review from last semester, along with basic understanding of new material. The student has a new biology teacher this semester, but the material is the same. I went over a study/test preparation strategy and how to schedule study time. I will begin to really start to challenge her next week."
"The student and I worked on his labs due this coming Wednesday. We went over the proper form for a lab report and organized his handouts, data, and results from the Catalase lab. He began to write his introduction for the lab report, as well."
"The student and I worked through a lab and review together. We covered the heart/circulatory system, different anatomical parts as well as overall function. The lab mostly involved calculating resting/active/target heart rate. No real problems, we spent some time covering diffusion and gas exchange to help with understanding ."
"The student has a test in Biology this week. The test will cover a section of ecology which includes topics such as the major biomes and water biomes. This includes their characteristics and biotic factors that create these habitats for living organisms. Other topics included in the test expand from the ecology section which includes the water, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous cycles. We began by creating flash cards which covered the fine details of the biomes. Then moved on to the cycles to create a method for her to study using printed diagrams of the cycles to fill in key points. We covered critical thinking questions from the text to reinforce the definitions section."