Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over more practice from general chemistry, and she found some aspects of reading the passage, and using it for the questions, to be tricky. We also started on mechanisms for reactions, but didn't get as far as we wanted to. No new scores to note progress, because she wants to focus on practice exams, towards the end of her studying. My only concern is that we won't have enough time to practice all the concepts we've been studying before her exam, but I think she's comfortable with the schedule she has for herself."
"In physics, we covered force diagrams, inclined plank problems, equations to know, and pulleys. In chemistry, we covered the first two chapters of chemistry 1( which is a huge amount of material), and spent a lot of time organizing an MCAT guide for rapidly studying before a test."
"We covered centripetal motion and momentum today. With Centripetal motion, we discussed basic formulas, the relationship between velocity and centripetal force, and worked through some examples. In discussing momentum, we first introduced momentum and impulse, then conservation of momentum, and finally various types of collision problems (elastic, inelastic, totally/perfectly inelastic). We will cover energy and conservation of energy concepts next time."
"We were able to cover questions the student had about harmonics, the Doppler effect, and circuits. We also came up with an overview of what we'll be focusing on for the next few weeks before her test date. Next session, we will likely focus on physics as well. I will be emailing her practice passages and questions to work on."
"The student and I covered optics. We discussed ray diagrams, how to create and when to use them. We used that to define the focal point, and convergent and divergent optics. We then developed an experience based understanding of optics using example optics. This leads to an easy, quick algorithmic approach. We discussed optical aberrations, their causes and effects. We then used the equation based approach to tackle the toughest class of problem in optics. He saw the benefit in the algorithm based approach, and seems to now be not scared of optics at all, compared to his earlier anxiety. I assigned him some problems in optics, and uploaded my answer key to the shared drive. Next session will cover biology, probably molecular, specific topics to be emailed to me by him over the weekend."
"The student took the previous year's LSAT, and scored a 149. Now that we have somewhere to start from, we can work toward her goal score of the mid 160's. Today we hit Logic Games, discussing the various types of games, how to classify and recognize them, and the basic sketching techniques. We then moved to working through individual games from the test, doing one completely and one partially. Between now and our next session, she is going to continue reviewing this test and make a list of questions to talk about with me. We'll pick up next time with more Logic Games, then move on to Logical Reasoning."