Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed circuits and did a variety of problems. We also talked about magnetism and electrostatics."
"The student's test is in a week. She has been confident but scored relatively poorly in her recent practice tests. She feels that she has not covered enough of the physics topics, and while this is true, she should focus on her test strategy. We went over prioritizing the discrete questions first so as to not lose the opportunity for easy points. We went over some equations that are still giving her trouble: the electrostatics equations which can just be derived using units and Coulomb's Law, Newton's equation of gravity which is used in conjunction with other concepts such as F=mg, and the centripetal force equation mv^2/r which is also used in subtle ways such as whenever there is a uniform magnetic field. She has shown a lot of improvement in understanding general chemistry, such as in acid/base which had given her so much trouble, light, and optics. I asked her to practice verbal reasoning passages timed so she can spend less time wavering between answer choices. She is well prepared for the test, and we will meet again this week to go over her last practice full-length."
"The student has a strong knowledge of MCAT content and just needed a bit of help before his test date. Today we reviewed practice exams. He had just taken one and scored a 39, with a 15 in physics, 13 in verbal, and 11 in bio. We therefore spent most of our time reviewing the biological sciences questions. Of the 7 questions missed, a few were ones that he already knew. Two were random facts regarding bone density and fungi; these are unlikely to appear on the official test. The remaining questions required more in-depth analysis, but he understood them perfectly afterward. Finally, we discussed a famously tricky kidney passage. Though he tends to beat himself up over a few wrong answers, I'm extremely optimistic about his upcoming test score. I truly believe that he could get in the 40 range."