Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued working through chapter 22. We talked about forces of evolution including genetic drift, migration, mutation, and nonrandom mating and established the basis of equations used to describe these forces. We worked through an example for each of the equations. Finally, we talked about inbreeding and drew a family tree diagram to show how inbreeding causes the frequency of homozygous genotypes to increase. We will complete chapter 22 tomorrow and work through chapter 23."
"Today we went over a few geometry problems, then did a review of the biochemistry questions that may appear on the assessment."
"We covered: molecular biology of genetics, DNA Replication, Transcription, Translation, and Protein post-translational modifications."
"The student and I covered the reproductive system as well as the endocrine system in depth for her upcoming half-test this Tuesday."
"Discussed immune cells and functions, worked through practice questions from the student's test prep book."
"The students informed me of their current progress in regards to SAT II biology. Then we discussed the test and how best to use the remaining 5 weeks for preparation. Then I explained some of the questions they had about their current studies and finally we went through the test questions to gauge their progress and together they didn't miss a single answer. We will start focusing on testing strategy and individual diagnostics as we continue content review."
"Today we studied and reviewed evolutionary principles and mechanisms from Darwinian ideas to modern day theories with many, many examples."
"Reviewed the student's information on how the nervous system impacts and is impacted by the other bodily systems. Worked with the student on brain and spinal cord anatomy and physiology for PowerPoint and Essay."
"This morning we covered photosynthesis, cell cycle, and cell division (mitosis and meiosis). The student remembered most of the general concepts for all of these topics, so we are going to do a little more review specifically of C4 and CAM photosynthesis. Also, we will do a little more review of cell division. Some of these topics she was going to bring up in her biology study group in the afternoon as well."
"The student and I reviewed his due dates and his action plan to complete his poster presentation on time. We also created a study schedule to prepare for finals in Algebra and Cell Bio. I also reminded him to finish his Carbohydrates lab report and to turn in a rough draft to me. After he completes this lab, we will move on to re-editing his remaining labs. We also discussed summer activities for him, as he is interested in doing an internship."
"Today we went over the student's grades and took stock of where he is, coming into finals week. He then read and completed his guide on the heart and blood vessels. Lastly, we read Chapter 2 together and I had the student answer the reading guide questions."
"The student and I spent the first 15 minutes of our session reviewing material we went over last week. This included the scientific method, scientific inquiry, and the properties of water (polarity, density, universal solvent, pH). We then discussed macromolecules and their importance to biology. We used a mini white board to work through several scenarios where a cell is placed in either hypertonic, hypotonic, or isotonic solutions and the results on the cell. I told her that in my experience questions like this were very likely to show up on a standardized biology assessment. We began discussing the cell and spent the last 20-30 minutes of our session discussing energy transfer, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. The exam is fast approaching, so I left her with an assignment to read through short sections in her book to get ready for our session next week. We will be discussing sexual reproduction (mitosis, meiosis) and genetics. I will be typing up a review packet because I know we have covered a lot of material in a very short amount of time."