Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took an exam last week and scored a 30: 10 physical science, 10 verbal reasoning and 10 biological science. We went over the exam results as well as stereochemistry in organic chemistry. Her homework is to complete the stereochemistry passages."
"This was the first session that I had with the student. During this session, we talked about some general MCAT preparation strategies. We also began a review of general chemistry for the MCAT. We briefly reviewed the first 3 chapters of the general chemistry prep book. These chapters covered general atomic structure, periodic trends, and molecular bonding. Specifically, we reviewed the definition of effective nuclear charge and how this property affects other properties of elements such as electronegativity, atomic radius, and electron affinity. We also reviewed common geometries of chemical compounds and why these geometries are formed. We also discussed orbital hybridization and some other concepts related to some elements of the periodic table."
"The student had a few science topics he wanted to discuss, so we started off by reviewing how to use the Doppler equation. Then, we talked about how to calculate work done on or by a gas, and how to use the first law of thermodynamics. We did a passage about thermodynamics to practice these concepts, and this led to a review of entropy as well. We finished up by doing a practice verbal passage together."
"The student and I covered nitrogen organic chemistry, as well as renal function. We specifically looked at nephron physiology, as well as endocrine interaction with renal function including the RAAS and the aldosterone systems. He did very well on his last MCAT practice exam, and so I think that he is in excellent shape as his test approaches."
"The student's MCAT is quickly approaching, but she's been struggling a bit on bio as of late, so she did the entire preparatory Biology assessment. We went through 90% of the 128 problems in the two hours we had. We determined that she still needs the most work on the immune system, and she needs a little work on muscles and synapses. We also went through glycolysis, Krebs, and the Electron Transport chain, and their net products."
"The student and I began by discussing light and optics. We walked through the chapters in his book reviewing the foundational concepts and equations, and then we worked some example situations. I had him create his own mirror and lens situations, predict the outcomes, and then finally draw ray diagrams and calculate the image distances and magnifications. We did this for several possible situations to understand intuitively how the image changes as other variables change. Finally, we went through a couple of problem sets I created to practice his estimating and proportional reasoning skills. Overall, I feel the session went very well. I feel confident he is focused on his goal and armed with an understanding of what he needs to accomplish over the next three weeks to perform well on the test."