Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Last Session: Reviewed practice integration problems for final exam-- the student was able to work through the problems independently, and understood the various techniques and used them properly to solve the equations. "
"Today we covered carboxylic acid derivatives, including reactions and preparation of acyl chlorides, acid anhydrides, esters, and amides. We worked through some mechanism type questions in order to predict the major organic products."
"Continued working through pre-test, particularly focusing on fraction and decimal operations. Reviewed test-taking techniques and areas to be careful (e.g. copying from the question to scratch paper, and vertical alignment of arithmetic operations.) Also reviewed factoring and finding the least common multiple."
"Focused on translation and vocabulary for the first half. For the second half, we spent time accessing his situation in English class, and talking about areas of opportunity to improve his performance. Next week, we will take some time to focus on studying skills, note taking skills, and anything else that may be of importance to talk about."
"We covered her chapter 11 questions and problems, including hypothesis testing and type 1 and 2 errors. She had a pretty good handle on the subjects. I encouraged her to also review the chapter 11 study guide before her quiz on Monday. She got a b on her last test - great improvement!"
"During this session, I helped the student with the homework for next week. Some of the material we covered was about the dictatorships and revolutions in Latin America during the 20th century. She is doing great in her Spanish class; she told me she got an A on her last test."
"The student and I went over vocabulary terms (monomial, polynomial, trinomial, binomial, coefficient, degree of a polynomial, etc.) and then reviewed the concept of combining like terms. He completed his homework and then I reviewed adding and subtracting positive and negative integers (since I realized he had trouble with this). After practicing adding and subtracting positive and negative integers, we went over multiplying polynomials including the FOIL method and the table method of multiplying binomials."
"This was our first session. We went over the student's history with the MCAT and some study techniques she used previously. In our future sessions, we will be focusing on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the test, since she seems to have a good grasp on the science sections."
"We started by working through the online Verbal Test 3, going through the more difficult questions. In general she did not have too many issues with the questions themselves, though we talked through the logic and considerations behind some of the ones marked or missed. We then reviewed a list of areas in the sciences that could possibly be improved, and went through right hand rule and its applications, such as circuits, solenoids, and magnetic versus electrostatic forces. We will cover Test 4 and additional science topics next time."
"First, the student and I reviewed and restructured her study schedule for the upcoming weeks. This revision will give her an extra week to complete her assignments and she will take her first practice test in October. Then, we talked about the verbal strategies that have been the most helpful to her and did two practice passages and discussed the answers together. Later, we talked about specific science topics such as oogenesis/spermatogenesis, the right hand rule, and titrations."
"The student and I began this session by doing two passages on cellular respiration and the endosymbiont theory. The student did an excellent job on both of these passages and demonstrated an excellent understanding of these concepts. We then spent the rest of the session going through a very large topic in detail: endocrinology. We covered the key hormones he must know for the MCAT, the pathways leading to them, locations of action, and results of the hormone. We also went through the menstrual cycle in great detail and the hormones involved in this. Next session, we will do a few passages about endocrinology and continue to go through some topics that have given him some trouble over the past couple of weeks including momentum and impulse."
"Today we did the last part of Acid/Base Chemistry. We went through an entire case study of a Titration, and we specifically derived the Henderson Hasselbach equation, and the halfway point and the equivalence point. We also did some work with solubility and Ksp."