Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed verbal reasoning with passages. I left her with homework to review how to identify the topic and purpose of passages."
"In previous sessions, the student and I have focused most of our sessions around biology content, and he seemed to have mastered that area well. Today we moved on to some intensive verbal reasoning practice. In my opinion, the best way to improve a verbal score is simply to practice with as many passages as possible, first without time constraints and later with pacing in mind. During this session, he and I completed six passages from the full-length exam #4. We each read the passage and answered the questions separately, which he generally did in less than ten minutes. Then, we discussed our reasoning for each answer choice. He did extremely well, answering over 90% of the questions correctly and usually narrowing the rest down to two choices. He also had a few questions about the MCAT's scoring curve, which I answered, and I think he feels less intimidated now. This session was one of our best one so far! Verbal practice is just so productive, and I believe that if he practices as many passages as possible in a similar way, he will be very happy with his VR score."
"We began by discussing the two problems from the last time that the student didn't have the time to cover between sessions. He had not truly understood molar solubility, so I redefined it for him, and guided him through the problems. We then began to discuss Phase Equilibria. We defined Vapor Pressure, and the Boiling Point, and discussed how evaporation happens, applying Le Chatelier's principle. We discussed Heating curves, and began to discuss Raoult's Law. We discussed Azeotropes. The student finally understood quantitative solubility problems today, how to estimate a quadratic based on information about the size of the value of variables. He still needs to work on basic math (scientific notation, exponent rules), and how to estimate intelligently. Strategically, I coached him through why he should not hesitate to apply grade-school arithmetic strategies instead of allowing vanity to make him ponder over calculations in his head. Additionally, I showed him multiple paths to correctly estimating the answer. When it came to Phase Equilibria, his insights showed that he really had grasped the concepts in equilibrium, allowing him to make a string of accurate predictions. I left the detail of azeotropes and the rest of Phase Equilibria for him to review, in addition to using the weekend to catch up on running problems to truly cement his understanding of these hard-won concepts. If he needs help, we will begin on Tuesday with that, otherwise we'll jump into Acid-Base Equilibria."