Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was a pleasure to meet the student tonight. She has such a great energy and her enthusiasm is terrific. We discussed her previous experience with the MCAT and her prior test prep class. She felt that this was not individualized enough for her, and she wasn't able to focus on her weaknesses. We discussed how we will address these weaknesses, including speeding up her timing with practice, learning how to avoid details, and focusing on the main idea for verbal passages. We will also be reviewing physics and general chemistry content in detail. This session, we went through our first chapter of physics content, going over units and kinematics. The student remembered her equations well, and she did a good job with a final passage. I look forward to working further with her and preparing her for the MCAT. I assigned three chapters of the physics book for homework, and I will be sending her review questions to complete, as she has already done the questions from the book."
"The student and I met for one hour just to get a feel for how she would like to study, areas she needs to focus on, and how we are planning to spend our sessions. We decided to start out with me preparing lesson plans in the areas of physics and chemistry. As she continues with her individual studying, we will add some review of her practice tests and specific areas in which she would like more assistance. Over the weekend she is going to take a full length practice test to help give us a both a better feel for the subjects she needs to review the most. I think we will work well together."
"[COVERED]: We discussed some areas that the student requested. 1 - Starling's Forces: We began by reviewing osmolarity, and discussed how the Osmotic Pressure gradient influences the direction of motion of water; using salmon as an example, tying that into the homeostatic actions of the kidney and its endocrine control. Based on this, we defined tonicity. From there, we discussed how the movement of serum into and out of the capillary. 2 - Torque: We began with a discussion of rotational equilibrium and discussing the two ways that questions are asked about it: in rotational equilibrium, and in how that equilibrium changes to disequilibrium (angular acceleration). We briefly related the variables of linear kinematics to those of rotational equilibrium (which although not tested directly on the MCAT, is needed to explain the transition between equilibrium and disequilibrium; i.e., Newton's 2nd law for rotation). Part of this discussion was a cross-connection between uniform circular motion and periodic motion, in order to explain why we talk about angular velocity in SHM. 3 - Momentum: We discussed Newton's second law and how it applies only to forces outside of the system, even if that system is comprised of more than one particle. We discussed the corollaries in reference to momentum, energy, and work. 4 - We discussed terminal velocity. 5 - We reviewed how to determine the overall rate law of multistep reaction pathways. [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: This was a great session for the student. She has applied herself and worked hard, and her ability to visualize these principles is really coming together. She finally understood osmotic pressure, and how tonicity was just defined relative to the cytoplasm, eschewing her prior "chart memorization" approach. By comparing the linear and rotational variables, she was able to finally understand a net Torque changing the angular velocity. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: Further questions and reviewing the material to cross-connect as much as possible."