Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Alex completed a practice test since our last meeting, so we looked at a few of the questions he had trouble with. These included some acid/base reactions, determining unknown organic compounds, and a genetics problem. Then, we talked a bit about R and S labeling of organic molecules, and how to label Fischer projections. We did a few passages of verbal practice, and then finished by doing some practice questions together. One of these questions involved naming the shape of a chemical compound, so we talked about the difference between a tetrahedral, trigonal pyramidal, and other compounds, and how to use the number of bonds and lone pairs from the center atom to decide what shape it will be. Looking at questions together helped the student to better understand some concepts he was unsure about."
"We went over her physics homework, which she did well on. Then we went over Physics 1-- mechanics, work, energy, momentum. It seemed the student has a pretty good handle on these topics. She has 3 passages to cover for homework."
"The student had taken a practice test since our last session and gotten the same score as before (17). She had asked to go over electricity, specifically circuits. We went over Ohm's law, resistors and capacitors in parallel and a series. We subsequently looked over some problems on glycolysis, fetal development, fetal circulation, and internal reflection. We touched a little bit on HNMR spectroscopy as well."
"Today we covered some organic chemistry, including some chirality examples, saponification, hydrolysis of esters and how electrophiles and nucleophiles function in these processes, in addition to related passages/problems. We also went over genes, including transcription, translation, replication, mutations and related problems."
"We went over acid and base calculation for the MCAT. After explaining logarithm rules and mental math tricks to simplify the calculations, the student was able to fully grasp the concepts well. I will send her homework to do."
"The student and I continued our discussion of amino acids and charge, isoelectric point, and how these topics might be tested. I used an example of staining in histology that a positively charged (basic) dye would target negatively charged parts of a cell like DNA, for example. We also talked a bit about configurations of AA and sugars."