Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the chapters that were on his previous exam and I quizzed him on the concepts from the book. He was able to answer my questions without hesitation."
"The student had a lab report over restriction enzyme digests. We started by going over the origins of restriction enzymes, followed by the idea behind the number of bands for a restriction enzyme digest on a gel. We then looked at her experimental data, and I helped her make a logarithmic standard curve of her molecular weight marker, and how to determine the size of the fragments in her digest."
"Her biology test was postponed until the following day (3/13), so we continued to review the topics (evolution and phylogeny). She has improved tremendously in her study habits and retaining information. She knows the material and she should do well on her upcoming test. She knows how to answer the questions when prompted, so we will work on getting her to understand how to answer questions in completion. We also went over geometric concepts, particularly inscribed angles and circular theorems. Her teacher reviews the material three times before giving a test, so she should learn a decent amount in class and the supplementary assistance I provide should help to reinforce her learning and fill in any gaps."
"We went over practice AP problems from a prior test. We also discussed review questions given by the student's teacher. I suggested he think of ways his teacher could ask challenging questions about the material."
"Today, the parent requested I help the student with finding a suitable faculty at the School of Medicine that would help support his application to the School of Medicine's Student Research Intern Program. I reviewed the application materials and browsed the long list of potential faculty mentors. I selected a few potential candidate faculty mentors and wrote, on the student's behalf, to the one faculty mentor I knew who would provide the best experience for the student."
"Covered the last bit of viruses and bacteria introduction, including methods of generating genomic variation among prokaryotes. Made him a worksheet for the chapter on bacteria, which I had the student fill out while we went over it."
"The student had a lab report to work on so I helped him with that. It covered various ways populations can deviate from Hardy Weinberg equilibrium. He had to test the effects of migration, mutation, etc., on an allele in a population."
"We went through the student's review for her test and we covered several diagrams regarding plants and different phylums, as well as their differences and their characteristics. Then I asked her several questions to make sure she understands the concepts and she is ready to take the test. She is doing great. She got 96 on her last exam."
"In this session, we worked to prepare the student for his test on Friday. We first went over his past quiz, which he received a 50% on. He made a couple small mistakes that cost him points, but his work demonstrated that he understood the content very well. The quiz covered dihybrid crosses, incomplete dominance, x-linked traits, and codominance. In order to prepare for the rest of his test, we covered microarrays, monohybrid crosses, karyotyping, and the ABO blood typing. He struggled most with the nomenclature and nuances of how to denote x-linked traits and ABO genotypes. By the end of the session, he was more comfortable with the nomenclature and was able to set up a cross of each using the proper denotation. I had no concerns about this session, and gave him some suggestions for studying (performing the practice problems given on his class website)."
"Today we covered material on homeostasis and the various biological and behavioral methods organisms use. The student needed clarification on how metabolic rates are measured and the differences in energy demands between endotherms and ectotherms. We worked on some of his homework questions connected to the chapter. He also reported to me that his grade has gone up, bringing his grade into the B category. He did very well on the last exam. I did not leave him with extra practice as the class has just started new material. Next time we meet he will have a practice essay question to work on."
"The student brought several worksheets with him. We went over how to answer free response questions in biology. We worked on a sample chi squared test and other data analysis questions. We will cover kidney function, nuclear transport, chi squared tests, and gene expression next session."
"He is one of the most driven, motivated students that I've ever met. He has a strong factual knowledge for AP Biology. We went over multiple choice questions that covered the full range of topics for his course. While doing this, the student was able to receive clarity on understanding concepts; this will be our area of focus for the remainder of my time with him. Outside of our sessions, I will be creating review games/materials for him which he will greatly benefit him."