Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over DNA and RNA replication. We discussed the discovery of the structure of DNA, complimentary pairing, and the composition of nucleotides. We also went over the process of DNA/RNA replication including major enzymes involved. We also discussed RNA translation. We also reviewed previously completed homework problems in preparation for an upcoming quiz."
"We covered the biochemistry and protein unit. We started with DNA-RNA-Protein theme. We then defined the different acidic names of their components. We then discussed complexities of protein structure: primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary. We touched on mutations in DNA and will express this further in future. We then returned to the chemical properties that govern these structures. We discussed atoms, molecules, the three subatomic particles, charge, ions, polar and non-polar relationships. We will discuss hydrogen bonding in depth next time. We discussed electron density and valence electron organic relationships. We hope to introduce questions that can accurately describe many of these relationships working together at once. Next session we will transition into photosynthesis and cellular respiration."
"We spent the majority of the session reviewing some homework the student had. It covered the different types of cells (animal, plant, prokaryotic). He seems to know the information well."
"The student is a driven student struggling with difficult concepts in physics. She struggles to understand when to use givens from a problem and what those givens represented. She said she struggles to integrate the calculus component of physics into problems. We started with a free body diagram practice problem, and then reviewed some questions from her homework problem sets. I tried to explain how to use trigonometry to solve for resultant vectors, and when to use Kinematic equations for target questions. We covered a projectile motion problem as well (outlining why time of flight relates to the y component of the initial velocity, and why horizontal distance traveled relates to the x component of the initial velocity). I taught what Force normal represents (perpendicular to Fg; =mgcos(theta)) and how to solve for Fnet (parallel to Fg; =mgsin(theta)) for inclined planes. I emailed her some excerpts from a good physics book that boils down core concepts."
"The student is a great student! She is super excited and super positive when we're talking through the material. This afternoon she and I covered the four different tissue types, the integumentary system, and we started discussing bones in anticipation for her exam on Wednesday. She will finish up her bone lecture and lab tomorrow, and then she and I are planning on meeting again tomorrow afternoon to talk through some last minute questions that she may have. I am looking forward to working with her again tomorrow!"
"The student is a very sharp student. We did a quick overview of limiting reagent problems, which he has a very good handle on, and then launched into acid base equilibria. I explained the various regions of a titration curve, and the basic mechanics of Ka, Kb, and Buffer calculations."