Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over questions in physics (motion and forces, energy and equilibrium, fluids) and biology (biological molecules and enzymes, genetics and metabolism). The student at times had a difficult time answering questions from both sections, primarily due to some content gaps that she has. She was stronger in biology since she stated that her previous tutor went over biology concepts in detail during her sessions. In this session, metabolism, energy, and forces were the main subjects that she had some difficulty with, and she will gain extra practice by doing additional questions in these topics upon receiving her review books."
"The student and I did a review of light, electromagnetism, and basic optics. We finished our session by beginning to answer the questions around CARS passage 26. For our next session, we will continue with a review of optics (moving on to lenses and solving compound optics equations), refresh some rudimentary math principles, and continue to work on CARS passages."
"We covered mostly physical sciences, focusing especially on redox and electrochemistry. We went through several passages and worked through content questions."
"Today's focus was primarily on reading. I worked with the student on four reading passages and emphasized that each passage should be approached as if it was an individual test. The mind should be clear and after each paragraph, there should be an idea of what was going on in the passage. Also, after reading, a definite main idea should be gathered. I also introduced the strategy of reading the questions first (skimming through them), which the student already knew, but we practiced using it. He is pretty happy with his physical and biological science scores at the moment. He really wishes to increase his reading score. Next session, we will review his exam #8 and work on electrochemistry passages."
"Topics covered in the assessment chemistry: atomic structure, radioactivity, electron configuration, forces. Topics covered in the assessment physics: forces and force diagrams, friction, inclined planes, and pulleys. The student showed great improvement in his understanding of the latter 3 topics in physics."
"Reviewed electrical circuits and light diffraction passage. Discussed thin film as well as topics for review in biology such as Michaelis-Menten, enzyme kinetics, hemoglobin binding curves, etc."
"The student and I went over: General introduction to the assessment. Spoke about a study plan and study resources. Introduction to Verbal section. Fundamentals of the science subjects."
"In the assessment tutoring session with the student, we focused on several assessment physics chapters including inertia, electricity, magnetism and light. During the session, she attempted a few questions that she was able to solve without much help."
"We focused on the Verbal Reasoning section. We talked about strategies, homework, schedule, expectations, and went over two passages."
"The student and I began our session by discussing where she is currently at in her MCAT review. She was able to achieve a 29 on her last practice test, which shows that she is on the right path. We briefly discussed her personal statement and application. We then began looking over her verbal section. We discussed some key pointers, such as making sure she examines the author and passage title for each passage. We also discussed using the paragraph test to determine the main idea of the passage. Applying the main idea to each question is also a great method of determining the best answer. I expect she will be able to improve her score after using some of these new methods. After we reviewed the verbal section, we reviewed the questions she missed on the physical and biological science passages. She is doing well on these sections. We discussed her future strategy. I suggested she focus on practice exams and reviewing her answers on these as the best method for improving her score, since a 29 indicates that she is already solid on the basic knowledge and now it is about fine-tuning her approach to the MCAT."
"We discussed what the student wants to cover. We focused on the biology section, as he felt that was his weak point, and we reviewed one of the practice tests he took. We agreed to meet again on Sunday."
"First, we talked about the student's schedule going forward. He is taking the MCAT July 2nd, so we have 5-6 weeks left until his test. He is only going to be working 2 days per week from now on, so he will be rested and committed to working on his verbal. We went over two passages together today. I timed him and followed his reading, highlighting, and answering strategies. He is doing much better with understanding the main idea of passages and with analyzing the key points. On questions pertaining to general comprehension he did quite well. We discussed how to differentiate between two good answers, figuring out which answer is good and which answer is better. I urged him to focus on these sorts of questions going forward, as getting those tough questions right is the difference he needs to be consistently getting the score he wants. I also noted his timing, which was good (8-9 minutes per passage)."