Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I mainly discussed her most recent practice test, (PS 10, VR 8, BS 11). She was very happy to report breaking her 10 limit in bio, and attributes this largely to reading through the biological passages fully. We reviewed several questions together, on topics including: molarity versus molality, acid and bases and their effect on solubility, the difference between Ksp and solubility, using organic passages to determine answers when terms are unknown, and E. coli and appendicitis. We also discussed her verbal reasoning approach, and discussed the need for more practice to perfect her timing so she avoids feeling rushed as much as possible. She will plan on taking two more full length practice tests before our next meeting."
"[COVERED]: We began by reviewing the two passages I had assigned as homework, one from Orgo and one from Bio. After that, we resumed our content review with a discussion of Cell Division (Mitosis & Meiosis - similarities and contrasts), and Embryogenesis, focusing on how to answer that favorite test question: from which cell layer does this organ come? [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: The student demonstrated that though she got several of the questions wrong on her Homework assignments, her initial instincts had been correct prior to changing her answer. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: Next session, we will cover genetics. I told her to read up on that, as that topic is the reason the balance of the major subjects has shifted towards Biology."
"The student did several practice MCAT Verbal sections, and she did very well on each. During this practice, I told her about several strategies for the Verbal section, some of which she was already familiar with. I then asked her to provide me with a list of areas that should would like to do content review on. For homework, she is supposed to 1) Buy the 101 passages book and do test #1 timed, 2) Do the Biological and Physical science sections of the review test #1, 3) Buy the magazine I recommended, and 4) Sign up for MCAT question of the day."