Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on MCAT physical sciences section. It seemed prudent to review Acids and Bases instead of physics for this session. We reviewed tricks of how to find the log of [H+] concentration for the calculation of pH. We also reviewed buffers and titration problems."
"We did about 36 problems of second semester topics in physics including electricity and magnetism, light, Snell's law, waves, and beats. No scores/grades seen. We'll continue to work on applying all the equations and concepts with all their subtleties to each new question. I suggest he work on doing a couple more of those physics sets. No extra practice left. MCAT scheduled this week. No concerns."
"Today we covered the various aspects of wave characteristics (mainly sound). We used a lot of practice problems from websites. I will be sending the student some more Doppler effect problems (passage-based) because there weren't any of those and she has already done the test prep book problems. We finished our session with some translational motion problems, mainly projectiles. Next time we will continue sound with harmonics and beats."
"This was my last tutoring session with the student. He will be taking the MCAT on May 22nd, and I feel that he is very well prepared. To summarize our entire time together, he and I started working together in January, at the beginning of the spring semester. He was starting Organic Chemistry II and needed to review key concepts to get a strong grounding. He put in a lot of time and hard work, and the results of this dedication were significant. He ended up getting a 94% in his Organic Chemistry course for the semester. His work was truly impressive. Recently, we have also been covering some General Chemistry material for the MCAT exam. He feels well prepared now, and I'm sure that he will do well on the test."
"The student and I reviewed forces, kinematics, torque, translational motion, projectiles, and static equilibrium. We also discussed conservation of energy, thermodynamics, and work, as well as inclined planes. She is going to complete a practice exam, and we will follow up with a video chat session this week."
"We spent our penultimate session working Quant problems...real numbers, functions, factoring, exponents, quadratic equations. This was a refresher and review because he'd had last week off. Tomorrow is the final session and will review geometry: coordinates, graphing, intercepts, and solids."
"The student and I finished the remainder of problem solving and sentence correction problems in this session. He has done a tremendous amount of work and familiarized himself with all of the frequent question types. His speed has improved significantly."
"I gave the student more complex data sufficiency questions, particularly covering difficult topics such as geometry and intersecting data sets."
"The student and I worked on Critical Reasoning questions. We discussed general strategy and the different types of questions. We worked through problems of each type together."
"We had a quick review on Data Sufficiency Problems. I gave the student some guidance and strategies on this type of question. Then I gave her DS problems from different categories (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics & probabilities) to work on and explained the problems to her. This was our last session and I hope she can continue practicing and score high on the test."
"Review quantitative section of practice test. Exponent rules, divisibility/factors, simplifying roots, backsolving."
"We started our session by going over the questions the student completed in the Quantitative section of the Diagnostic Test in the GMAT guide. The Quantitative section had taken him more time than he had expected, so he did not complete the Verbal section of the Diagnostic Test. In the Problem Solving section, we reviewed the questions that he answered incorrectly. He noted that geometry was challenging for him, so I referred him to the Math Review portion of the guide as a place to start. We also briefly went over properties of triangles, circles, and geometric solids that will likely appear on the exam. Additionally, we discussed prime numbers and how multiplication of radicals differs from addition of radicals. We then moved to the Data Sufficiency section. Some of the phrasing of the questions, combined with the amount of information present, caused the student to ask for clarification . But once he starting writing the information down and drew pictures as examples, he could understand the question better. I also encouraged him to examine each statement individually and then together before selecting an answer choice. For our next session, he will complete the Verbal section of the Diagnostic Test, along with additional practice questions from the Data Sufficiency section of the GMAT guide."