Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over her lab report (and are continuing tomorrow for our next session). The student is struggling with catching up on her material and finishing her assignments. We worked on making a rough schedule for what topics/homeworks to tackle first. She will first be finishing her lab report and then move on to her Biology content. She will then take her Biology Final Exam. We had a little time to go over Genomics and discussed DNA, Chromosomes, Operons, promoters, repressors, mitosis, meiosis, gametes, somatic cells, and endosymbiotic theory. We have a plan going forward. She is very smart, very motivated, and open to critique."
"For this tutoring session, the student and I covered concepts of heredity including dominant and recessive traits in living things like flowers, and animals. I explained the concept of homozygous and heterozygous traits in living systems and genotypes compared with phenotypes. Finally, we performed example crosses to determine what F1 and F2 offspring will express in terms of genotypes and phenotypes."
"Tonight was our first session and the student worked on and finished his presentation on Down Syndrome for his biology class. He went through it a few times and I was able to give him some constructive criticism. He was still reading off the slides when we finished but I left him with some tips on how to present and use the images as an extra talking point tool. We set up a time to meet next week to look into his next section for the class."
"The student and I reviewed the overall steps of the Krebs cycle and questions likely to be on her quiz tomorrow. She has become more comfortable with the steps of cellular respiration and fermentation and their products, and next week we will continue to expand on the details of each step (glycolysis, Krebs cycle and ETC chain)."
"The student has a Bio lab due on Thursday that is based on a lab that his class did last week. We were able to outline and fill in most of the lines based on the information provided by his teacher. It's been some time since he last wrote a lab report, so he needed reminders on how to format it (past passive voice, no personal pronouns). We will meet again on Thursday afternoon."
"This week, we covered the electron transfer chain in detail, fermentation, metabolic interactions, prep of acetyl-CoA, and the citric acid cycle. The student was in pretty good shape already, as we'd reviewed the majority of the content the previous week. He told me that his next test will cover everything from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation. Importantly, he told me he aced last week's quiz! He is now quite familiar with the material and was able to draw out all the important parts of glycolysis, prep of acetyl-CoA, the citric acid cycle, and the electron transport chain from memory. The only practice I left him with was to continue to review the interactions between metabolic pathways and to continue to review vocabulary associated with the various figures (such as substrate-level phosphorylation)."