Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over some old midterms that the student's professor gave in past years. The session was a review of the materials covered in chapters 3, 4, and 8 of her book to help prepare for her midterm the next day."
"The student and I met for the second time today, and we jumped right into her lab assignment due tomorrow, which required her to answer questions about a specific scientific study. For this assignment, we went over glucose processing and the role of the pancreas in insulin production. Once we finished the worksheet, we reviewed DNA replication. First, we discussed the two functions of DNA: "control" and "heredity." Then, she explained to me the various steps involved in DNA replication. We delved a little deeper into the chemistry this time, discussing the specific make-up of DNA, the covalent bonds of the sugar-phosphate backbone, and the 5'-3' orientation of the two strands. This topic was very difficult but we did a lot of reinforcement, and I think the student is feeling much more confident with the material. Then, we moved onto transcription and translation of RNA, where we started with the basic differences between DNA and RNA. We then continued to the specifics of transcription. The student picked these details up really quickly, which was awesome. Both of us were using easy hand signals/motions to remember the information, which really seemed to work for her! We ended up doing an extra half hour as there is a lot to cover before her exam next Monday. And we agreed that she would do the practice problems before we meet again on Sunday, so that she will know the specific areas we need to review."
"Today the student and I had our first session! We met at her college where we used the whiteboard wall to learn about DNA. We went over a few sections in Chapter 12, including the history of DNA experiments (Griffith, Avery, and Hershey & Chase), the structure of DNA, and replication. I am going to purchase a copy of the book for myself to help me plan our future lessons."