Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We specifically went over general chem passages today and discussed how to approach stoichiometry and acid/base problems. She's mostly wanting help with questions that involve a lot of math and seem intimidating, so we've talked through a few examples. She's continuing to practice on her own, and the next time we see each other, I believe she will have done a practice test to see how she's doing, and we can continue to review problems from her practice."
"This session was started by reviewing some questions that the student needed to be explained. We then proceeded to cover the beginning of the physics lectures which included translational motion, force, equilibrium, and momentum. Any troubling concepts were elaborated on, but she appeared to have a good grip on the material. I want her to memorize all of the key equations that can be seen on the exam. That being said, I will be leaving her with the physics and chemistry books in order to write down the major equations. I feel this will help her with the math oriented questions on the physical sciences section of the test. Next session will be used to finish up all physics concepts."
"Reaching the last stretch before her test, the student is mostly focusing on problem areas. We went over a few questions from her recent practice tests. She seems strong in most areas but may need to review topics that will likely show up on the test. We plan to hold sessions both Saturday and Sunday to hopefully close off loose ends."
"The student is planning on taking the MCAT in September, and has a goal of at least 28 and hopefully 30. She pinpointed her point as physics in the physical science section, so we decided to go over passage based physics questions from online exams. Areas that could do with some improvement included waves and light/optics. We went into some detail in the basic concepts behind mirrors/lenses such as real and virtual, upright and inverted, converging and convex, and focal power."
"The student and I agreed to move away from looking at the review book and work on practice problems from tests that I'm giving him. The tests are directed at topics that he has recently learned, and so we are still continuing the process of going over all the topics individually before looking at the MCAT as a whole. Already we are seeing some problems that cross the fields between chemistry and physics, so it is important further down the road to look at science as a whole. We reviewed acids and bases and electrochemistry before treading new territory with molecular structures. He will have to finish the organic chemistry and move on to the biology before our next session."
"We went over passages concerning acids and bases, electrochemistry/electric circuits, electrostatics, and fluids and elasticity. Overall, the student did well on most of the questions that we covered and I did not detect any significant weaknesses in any of the topics that we went over today. I was happy with his ability to correctly answer difficult questions in electrochem, electrostatics and electric circuits passages that ordinarily many students would answer incorrectly. While I would like him to speed up his studying and completion of practice passages, he demonstrates strong knowledge in the material and I am happy to note it as such. If he continues on this same path, I believe he will do well on his actual exam!"