Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we continued from where we left off last time reviewing his class notes about evolution. This time we talked more about speciation and different kinds of speciation. Then we went back and reviewed what we looked over last time. He retained much of what we went over last time, which was good. He was slightly confused after going over the new material the first time, but by the end of the session he had it down pretty well."
"We reviewed digestive, skeletal (muscles) and circulatory (urinary) systems. We put particular focus on active transport in small intestine vs passive absorption in large intestine. We also focused on actin (thin fiber)/myosin (thick fiber) interaction in muscle contraction, importance of Ca to muscles, and structure of nephron, i.e. glomerulus and active transport/reabsorption of Na & water in Proximal and Distal Tubes in Renal Cortex and passive absorption in Loop of Henle in Renal medulla. We also reviewed Darwin's Theory of Evolution (survival of fittest, natural vs artificial selection, adaptive survival, etc.) and related concepts (disruptive, destructive, stabilizing, genetic drift, founder effect, Lamarck's intragenerational use/disuse, Geologist's theories about change over millennia vs upheaval). We also reviewed concepts related to classification (Domain, Kingdom Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety), cladogram, and contrasted Eukaryotes vs Prokaryotes, Bacteria vs Archae, Animal vs Plant. The student seemed to grasp concepts well and quickly and appreciative of test taking advice and opportunity to focus on specific problematic areas."
"During this session, we reviewed photosynthesis and respiration using a completed worksheet the student was given in class."
"We went over some of the notes the student has taken in class. First, we discussed carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Then, we went into details about carbohydrates and lipid structures, specific examples, and common usages. We then went into more details about proteins. We discussed amino acid sequences and their components: the amine group, the carboxyl group, and the R side group. We discussed how peptide bonds are formed and how the reaction is a dehydration reaction. I talked about protein structures and the bonds that characterize each structure. Lastly, we reviewed denaturation and how that process breaks about protein bonds and structure. We then came up with a study plan and some study techniques to help on her upcoming test."
"I looked over the student's syllabus for her biology class. I gave her some advice on ways she could study for her upcoming exam."
"The student is taking a Biology 1 lab for which her lab report (on spectrophotometer) is due on Thursday. We started by going over the Materials and Methods section of her lab and discussed how the lab was conducted. She also managed to finish the Results portion of the lab report as well, which included making charts and tables. The sections remaining are: Discussion, Work Cited, Abstract, and Introduction. She seems to have a good understanding of the work she did in lab, which is making the lab writing process a lot easier."