Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In between our last two sessions, the student was able to complete a practice exam on which she scored a 28 (up two points from her previous score of 26). As I've told her before, these tests are slightly more challenging than the tests , so this is definitely an improvement from her previous performance. Moreover, she started off really struggling with the verbal--she scored a 7 on the actual exam--and she earned an 11 on this exam."
"We went over physics practice problems - how to determine values from graph, linear motion, kinematics, falling objects, and launched objects."
"We began with a passage on molecular biology techniques. This required discussion of protein-protein and protein-target binding, which we modeled beginning with epitope-antibody binding. We discussed the composition of a virus and its attachment and insertion mechanism. We discussed gene insertion and chimeric protein generation. We discussed visualization techniques using a protein that binds yoked to a visualization tag. We discussed polysomes and the differences between eukaryotes and prokaryotes. We discussed membrane stiffness and intracellular trafficking. We also discussed acetylation as a mechanism of chemical (toxin) inactivation. We closed with a passage on the elderly in the U.S., which emphasized the sociology concepts of the demographic shift. For a bright student, the student had a surprising lack of visual understanding of intracellular processes. So, I gave him a set of images to which he could bind his understanding. He was very appreciative, and with his usual quickness (and a little guidance in keeping things simple), he was able to make the logical correlations necessary to integrate what he had read into a more test-ready mental model. The student will continue to do practice passages."