Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent all of today's session going over the basic reactions in Organic Chemistry involving alkanes and alkenes. This includes free radical reactions, substitution, elimination, oxidation, reduction, and more. Although the test prep book doesn't cover mechanisms in detail, I made sure the student understood the arrow pushing involved in the major reactions. This part of the MCAT seems most difficult for her, but with practice, the 3-D visualization of Organic Chemistry should become clearer."
"We started by going over some vocab. flashcards- she is getting better with these, and I'm having her use the words in a sentence so she understands their part of speech and also their usage in context. She does most of them correctly, but with a few of the words she just knows the definitions so we will continue to work on this. We also worked on the quantitative comparison section- she is pretty good with these, but does have some trouble with some of them, especially when the questions are a little tricky. We will continue to work on these. We then reviewed the words she had struggled with in the vocab. again. Next time we will work more on the verbal sections and continue working on vocab. and the math parts. It was a good and very productive session!"
"The student and I reviewed muscle physiology by discussing the composition of muscle fibers, and how muscle contractions work. We discussed how the proteins interact and the role of calcium and ATP in creating a cross bridge between the myofilaments. We discussed process by which the myosin head is energized by ATP and how the cycle progresses such that the head can bind and detach from the actin binding site. We also went over the role of troponin and tropomyosin and how they interact with the actin molecule. We will review the cardiac myocyte and smooth muscle contraction the next time we meet."
"Reviewed multiplication of large numbers. Word problems. Multiplication and simplification of fractions. Conversion of decimals/fractions. Number values and names of place values. Multiplication flash cards test."
"We worked hard on ELA topics and briefly on Math questions. We covered the rules for use of commas, and discussed homonyms and test level vocabulary. I recommended homework--a practice essay--and a follow up lesson."
"The student brought his A-game to tutoring today in no uncertain terms! I am very proud of the work he did today. We continued our handling of the present tense of the verb sum and of the predicate in Latin. We finished the session with a fun exercise that elucidates the importance of thinking outside the box that I like to do with my students. This student, as so many students do, fell into the trap set by the exercise, which was not at all a problem, because it allowed me to give him my speech about the how and why of creative, higher-order, outside-the-box thinking and how it is a disappearing art (much to our collective and individual peril). He was a great sport about the exercise, and I feel he garnered a great deal of personal insight from it. Great job today!"