Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first time meeting the student, but I am very excited to work with her. She is now 3 years out of college and has completed a post-bacc program for premed requirements. She has taken a review course but didn't feel as though it was as helpful. To start off, the student and I discussed her goals for tutoring as well as any barriers. The problem is not so much content as test-taking strategy and timing. We started off today by discussing some verbal reasoning passages; I wanted to introduce her to passage ranking (figuring out which passages to attack first) and passage mapping so she could more readily orient herself and confidently answer questions. I'm hoping that this review will translate into mapping for ALL sections, particularly the experimental questions in the sciences. For homework, I told her to do some additional passage mapping practice and assigned her chapters 1-4 of the verbal reading book. She is also sending me a list of topics to cover in the sciences so I can map out our 11 remaining sessions."
"The student and I began by going over some biology and physics materials that she found confusing and difficult as well as some content that she has not gone over yet in her college courses. This included going over the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including the anatomy of these systems, the hemoglobin dissociation curve, ventilation, etc. We also reviewed some of the digestive system, but she needs to spend more time herself memorizing the enzymes and hormones involved in this system, so we didn't spend too much time on this. We then moved on to review some physics concepts she had questions on including change in internal energy equation and the idea of work and changes in pressure and volume. We then spent the majority of our time working through a practice test on alkene reactions. This involved review of much of the material she spent time reviewing the past few days on organic chemistry including alkenes, substitution, and elimination reactions. She seems to have a better understanding of this material than in our previous sessions, but she can spend more time learning specific reactions, reagents, and reviewing major concepts such as SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions. We also spent some time going over how to deal with stress and test-taking nerves when she sees something she doesn't know or forgets some material. We will continue working on organic chemistry next session and content that she has been reviewing that we have not yet reached in our session."
"We went over organic chemistry mechanisms (I have to send the student mechanisms for KMnO4 oxidation) and a bio section of the med school entrance exam."