Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well on his DNA extraction lab on all of his written responses. We started on the importance of meiosis in genetic variation. This concept is useful in order to understand Mendel Genetics and ultimately heredity in humans in the form of a pedigree. The student hasn't been introduced to things like Punnett squares since 7th grade, we needed a huge refresher on vocabulary. There are about 26 definitions that the student must understand before understanding any of the material. The teacher has posted animations of meiosis and I will follow up with better videos demonstrating meiosis and the differences/similarities it has with mitosis. The goal is to retain the information from today's session and apply it to class, so he is better equipped to engage and answer questions."
"The student and I had a long session today to prepare for her test tomorrow. We mostly worked on the first example essay involving proteins. First, we went over the outlined notes she wrote up as the answer to all of the essays, correcting and expanding when needed. Then she wrote out the first essay without looking at any notes and without any help. We read through what she had written to identify what she had forgotten and what needed to adjusted. Then we discussed some concepts that she had questions on, like the bonds in the various levels of protein structure and specific examples of functional proteins. The student then wrote out the essay a second time, and we repeated the review process. She also knows that she can call or email me with any questions!"
"We finished the meiosis topic and talked in detail about spermatogenesis and oogenesis. We talked about the differences between homologous chromosomes and sister chromatids. We also discussed karyotype and I explained the way to interpret a karyotype and how to use a karyotype notations. I prepared a review test for her and she answered it correctly on the spot."
"The student was working on a final project for math, and needed a review of the equation of a circle. By showing her a completed example, she was able to understand how the different parts influence the circle that is created."
"The student's biology final is on Thursday, so we spent our time reviewing her study guide for the semester. We were able to get through the first two chapters, including making note cards for all her vocabulary words as well as discussing other topics on the study guide. There is a ton of material to cover before the final, so I stressed to her that she spend a good amount of time preparing."
"This evening, the student and I reviewed for his final coming up this Wednesday. We went through his study guide concept by concept, starting with atoms. We used some "end of the unit" problems to test his knowledge. He must review enzymes and substrates before we meet again tomorrow. Also, before we meet again tomorrow night, he is to do his best to go through the rest of the concepts as best he can, saving the ones he struggles with most for our session."