Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered areas that she had questions on, namely acids and bases and indicators, but also some equilibrium questions. We then did a few more practice passages for verbal reasoning. I told her to continue doing one or two practice verbal tests a week to develop the strategies that I showed her."
"Today we worked on SN1 and SN2 reactions but we found that we need to go back and review more basics concepts. We also went over verbal reasoning tactics and some passages together. She is taking a practice test together so we can check her progress."
"The student and I covered strategies for tackling the Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT exam, and also reviewed VR work she'd completed prior to today's tutoring session. I had composed a study schedule for her earlier this week, sending her two full Verbal Reasoning passages to complete in advance of our meeting. Once we had established the best Verbal Reasoning strategy for her we delved into our first Physics lecture and together answered several physics 'discretes' questions. During this time, I prompted her with questions regarding the subject matter and also asked her to describe her thought processes for solving each problem. She demonstrated a very good grasp of kinematics, graphs, use of scientific notation, and an eagerness to learn. Afterwards, we devised a study plan particular to her needs and will be meeting weekly to stay on track. This was a great session."
"The student and I continued to review biology content. We talked about blood composition (red/white blood cells, the hemoglobin dissociation curve) and the immune system, and we also discussed adaptations of the fetal circulatory system. He did great, and I believe what he learned today will help him correctly answer 6-7 MCAT questions that he wouldn't have before. It was a good session!"
"Today we continued our review of general chemistry. We finished a chapter we had started with earlier on chemical equilibria. We covered topics such as complex equilibrium and went into the details of Le Chatelier's Principle. We also went over solubility, definitions involved, and nomenclature. In addition we reviewed some of the solubility rules and polyatomic ions. We finished by going over the solubility product constant, molar solubility, and the common ion effect."
"We focused on Behaviorism and research methods. The student primarily struggled with vocabulary integration and teasing apart research details. We talked about problem approach and question/answer anticipation. For the next session, the student will complete the next lecture in her book, send me the list of new concepts, and convert all concepts learned so far into flashcards for vocabulary review."
"COVERED: We discussed systems of neurobiology. We discussed somatosensory and motor tracts, and the autonomic nervous system. We also discussed cortical organization and the successive abstraction in associational areas in order to create a gestalt. We discussed aphasias. PROGRESS/CHALLENGES: The student was pretty unfamiliar with all these topics, but he was able to appreciate how the definitions and patterns of sensory processing are testable concepts. A big win was correcting his understanding of autonomic control of organs, a highly-tested concept. We will discuss Redox/Bioredox/Central Metabolism next time."
"We briefly covered some test-taking skills and then reviewed the digestive, circulatory, and muscular systems."
"We covered SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions. We then covered carbohydrates, proton NMR, amino acids and proteins. The student will get back to practice exams instead of just reviewing material."
"We discussed the placement test biology section, the eukaryotic cell and the nervous system and did passages on the topics. The student seems to be progressing well in terms of his practice exams in which he scored a 30."
"The student did an excellent job in today's tutoring session. We reviewed her most recent full-length test, which she scored a 30. Based on this, we focused mainly on organic chemistry, which she has identified as an area she'd like to review for her med school entrance exam. We reviewed a topical test she took at home on hydrocarbons. We then worked on a number of passages and discrete questions that covered areas she had studied in the previous week (isomerism, stereochemistry, bonding, alkanes and alkenes). For next week, she is going to focus her studying on biology and physics (topics including cell biology, enzymes, metabolism, genetics, simple harmonic motion, waves, electrostatics and magnetism). Our next session will be on 2/25 at 6:30 p.m."
"The student and I covered embryology and development, endocrinology, neurology, and reproductive cycles. We will continue next time with immunology."