Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over PR physics, chemistry and biology concerning kinematics, Newton's forces, stoichiometry, electron configuration, cell structure and elements molecular biology. She excelled in the physics section, did moderately well in chemistry but faced some difficulties in biology, specifically concerning cell structure. We will meet again on Tuesday at 11:20 AM for our next session."
"The student and I began a review of acid/ base chemistry, solving logarithms, and calculating pH/ pOH. In the next session, we will tackle the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, discuss how it relates to buffers and titration, and (if time allows) begin reviewing electrochemistry."
"Today we covered principles from physics, specifically fluids and electromagnetism. For fluids we focused on concepts and practiced applying general, easy to remember formulas to specific problems. These general formulas were the basic equation for buoyant force and Bernoulli's equation. For electromagnetism we discussed electric force, electric field, electric potential energy and electric potential. I used the analogies of a "gravitational force field" (g) or a "gravitational potential" (gh) to integrate ideas from previous physical topics. She seemed to have a reasonably good grasp on the presented concepts."
"We finished up acids/bases. Before moving on to buffers, we reviewed approximating pH without a calculator. After this we covered what buffers are supposed to do, what conjugate acids/bases are, and how they act in buffers. Then we covered the Henderson-Hasselbach Equation and how it works to determine pH of buffer systems. The latter part of the session was spent reviewing thermodynamics. Since he's familiar with the terminology, I went over concepts equations, and the differences between thermodynamics and kinetics."
"We covered acid base chemistry, some solution chemistry, organic and some questions from physics including heat capacity and contents."
"We spent the first 30 minutes of the session discussing general issues for the student's first two tests. He got 28's on them, which he was pleased with, especially because he was consistent across all sections. However, he felt he was having some trouble with pacing. I told him to stick to the timing strategies we discussed and to truly mimic the test scenario. We spent the rest of the session going over his most recent test. Many of his wrong answer choices were due to quantitative issues or to not narrowing it down effectively when he needed to guess. We discussed strategies for approaching tough questions and using process-of-elimination, and we reviewed Doppler Effect and a few other hazy concepts regarding Fluids. For biology we agreed he needs to review esters and polarity."
"Today was my first session with the student. We covered mostly biology and the nervous system. We did a very conversational approach where I taught him some of the ideas. We also discussed a timeline for him to follow until his MCAT in May. The emphasis for him from now until the test should be on practice passages and doing as many as he can."
"We discussed our overall plan as well as specific strategies for the MCAT verbal section. We went over two practice passages together."
"During today's session, we dissected a passage for verbal (on Confucian philosophy) and used it as example for general strategies."