Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With the student, we covered questions in PR Biology regarding cellular respiration, genetic recombination and gene mutations and in PR Chemistry regarding electron structure, periodic trends and aromatic substitution. In both of these topics, she got the majority of the questions right."
"The student and I reviewed concepts in endocrinology, thermodynamics, and momentum. We did practice problems involving Carnot engines, kinetic and thermodynamic rates in chemical reactions, and elastic and inelastic collisions."
"Reviewed conjugate acid/base pairs, then covered indicators and titrations and did several practice problems."
"We focused mostly on test taking skills, as that is where the student appears to have the most problems. I showed her how to properly pace herself and how to dissect problems and passages."
"Covered a variety of topics in General Chemistry involving mole fraction, balancing equation, vapor concentration, and effects of pressure in different systems."
"Went over general MCAT preparation strategy and a few sets of practice problems with the student to determine how his thought process and approach to MCAT problems works."
"We worked through the biology and verbal sections of the practice test that the student took to ensure that he knew all the right as well as wrong answers to hone in on the subjects that the MCAT tests."
"We worked on reviewing a practice test, completing more passages in electricity, magnetism and waves. This was our last session."
"This session the student and I switched gears a bit and worked on some logic games. We started by reviewing logical reasoning sections she had done on her own. She is now practicing taking them and giving herself 1.5 minutes for each questions. This time she missed six, which is more than usual for her, but we assumed it was the new challenging technique. I then timed her on some logic games that were difficult to set up. She did well, but we talked through some missed inferences and possibilities for better diagramming."
"The student and I discussed strategies for the data sufficiency section and did a number of practice questions."
"The student did several logic games from the logic games workbook in preparation for this session. We began the session by going over those. She had the most issues with a seemingly straightforward ordering game in which three subjects are chosen, some more than once, over a 5-day period. We learned that games which are not clearly defined in their parameters sometimes require trial and error to figure out, and often rely more on prior solutions to figure out future ones. We discovered that in such games there are only one or two possible layouts for a particular scenario, which makes the problem less abstract and thus easier to solve. Following our review of the games section we delved into Logical Reasoning. We discussed Conditional Reasoning and Weaken questions. Regarding Conditional Reasoning, we discussed the differences between necessary and sufficient conditions, the implications of such, and the keywords (such as "if" and "if and only if") which identify the types of conditions. In the Weaken section, we discussed how it is crucial to pinpoint the conclusion, and to focus specifically on answer choices that make it less likely to be true. For next time, she will work on more Weaken questions and do a full section of Logic Games."
"We started by working on new sections-rates and circles / cylinders. I assigned these from the test prep book. After this, we began to focus on sentence completions. The student is doing well with the math (sometimes requiring a little bit of review / teaching), but vocabulary is more of a challenge. She is working through flash cards as well as problems. I assigned 76-100 of the text completions as well as the two math chapters on circles / cylinders and rates."