Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I covered some Geometry and Geometric mean. This relates to how to determine the altitude and/or base lengths of particular sides. She also needed help in writing her Biology paper on evolution, so we went over some major ideas in the theory of evolution, including: embryology, biochemistry and genetics, mutations, genetic drift, fossils, and the origin of life. She is doing very well. Her math skills are much better now with the new teacher and all the paractice she has been doing. It is very nice to see."
"In the past week, the student worked through the rest of Chemistry Ch. 3 and about half of Ch. 4. We discussed the problems and concepts that she had questions on, and then worked through the rest of Ch. 4 together. At the end of our session today, she asked if we could switch away from chemistry for a while, so we decided to do some biology for next week. I asked her to read Ch. 1 of the Biology exam prep book for next time."
"The student and I went over mathematics and writing in the SAT. We got to taking timed tests. He didn't seem to have improved immensely but he seemed to have a relatively strong grip on the subject material, especially after I explained it to him."
"The student and I covered the science and math tests today. We completed almost all of a science section and half of the math section."
"The student and I discussed the computer adaptive nature of the exam and appropriate strategies. We also perused sample materials and chose texts to use. We finally discussed the strategies needed for the analytical writing section and strategies to prepare for it."
"The student and I touched a bit on Physics today, but primarily discussed her overall preparation for the MCAT and her application materials. Next week we'll really start in on Physics and Organic Chemistry (O-Chem). We might also spend some time with General Chemistry."
"Things went well today. We mostly spent time going through a couple of reading sections, the second of which got a lot better. Then we went through a few pages of LR problems."
"The student is currently finishing classes in both Organic Chemistry and Physiology, so that part of the test is pretty well covered. Today we took out the review book for chemistry and literally paged through each chapter to see what topics she hadn't done yet. She hasn't covered solutions (specifically colligative properties), thermodynamics, and nuclear decay, among a few other scattered topics. Today was a catch-all for any topic she hadn't covered yet, and we made it through all of them."
"For this session we reviewed some topics in chemistry and then solved questions from the physical sciences section of a practice MCAT exam. We first discussed the different types of calorimeters used in common heat computations. We then solved passages and discrete questions that involved applying ideas from both chemistry and physics. These questions covered a myriad of topics. Some of these questions covered the different types of molecular interactions such as hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions. Others were about conductivity of solutions, vapor pressure, and general analysis of information in passages or the use of dimensional analysis to solve problems."
"We went over MCAT physics. First, we did a practice question about photoelectric effects. Next, we went over fluids and waves, covering all the main points. I left the student with my physics book. The student is improving."
"The student and I went over study methods and strategies to maximize her score and time with me. We covered a few topics in general chemistry, including electron configuration, the H atom, and periodic trends. She seems very motivated."
"Session covered organic chemistry and optics along with some basic test taking strategies in order to more efficiently approach the test. Next session to focus on general chemistry and physics concepts such as electrostatics."