Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed logic game test questions she did on her own; studied reading comprehension tactics; worked on specific reading comp queries."
"Reviewed several questions from a practice exam relating to the following topics: simple harmonic motion, conservation of energy/momentum, work, reduction potentials, and voltaic/electrolytic cells."
"Today, the student and I made introductions, I evaluated the student's current status, reinforced importance of creating roadmap and reading for purpose."
"We went over formal logic and how that's tested on the LSAT. We also looked at method-of-reasoning questions and resolve-the-paradox questions."
"We reviewed concepts in torque, energy, equilibrium, constructive/ destructive interference, and kinetics. The student completed practice problems in physics."
"We began with a discussion of organic chemistry concepts which the student came across since our last session. We worked through."
"We began the session with brief review of topics from previous sessions, including translational motion and forces. We picked up where we left off by discussing spring forces, acceleration and velocity as it relates to a spring in motion. We then moved onto energy, discussing gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy, and kinetic energy. We applied energy to the incline plane to quickly solve problems with conservation of energy. Following this, we discussed how friction (and non-conservative forces in general) affect the energy of a system. We looked at elastic potential energy with a spring system and how energy is conserved in this system. Lastly, we talked about torque being an angular force, and briefly talked about work. The problems I presented the student with were fairly difficult and beyond the scope of the medical college entrance exam, but made sure that she understood the concepts presented. Once we finish kinematics, I hope to go over typical exam questions with her so that she can apply her knowledge of kinematics in that scenario."
"Today we continued work on physics and on chemistry. We wrapped up fluids, and we finished up acid/base questions. We finished up by doing a bit more organic chemistry."
"The student and I moved on to discussing pertinent reagents and a few reaction mechanisms for Organic Chemistry."
"For the first two sessions, the student and I discussed her current goals and fears for preparing for the MCAT. She is an international student and must do very well on the test to be competitive for medical school admissions. Additionally, she will be starting a post-bacc program in January and needs to make sure that she is doing well in those classes. She and I have decided to try linking concepts while reviewing. We have also decided to review gen chem, orgo, and physics all together (instead of just orgo) in order to help boost her problem solving skills. For the first two sessions, she and I reviewed basic organic chemistry nomenclature, hydrocarbons, and lab techniques (filtration, extraction, NMR, mass spec). Most of this was review for her, which I think was a bit of a confidence boost. We also reviewed parts of mechanics in the second sessions to help diagnose the breakdown in understanding the concept and being able to set up for a question. I will continue to update as she and I continue sessions to see how things are going."
"We went over the organic chemistry section of the MCAT. We went over subjects like alkanes, combustion reaction, halogenation and substitution reactions. Then, I gave her practice problems to do."
"We were planning to cover genetics and light/optics and also incorporated a few general chemistry questions she came across when she was studying. She understood the genetics material well conceptually, but it took a bit more practice to get the hang of applying the material to sample questions (by the end, she had picked up the pace noticeably). She seemed fairly unfamiliar with the optics material. I gave her a lot of memorization tricks that should clarify commonly tested scenarios with lenses and mirrors, but she should continue to practice a lot to really get the hang of the material. Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday."