Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we covered various topics in glycolysis. I feel the student really understood the regulation of glycolysis today and will be able to implement that on passage based questions in the future. Glycolysis regulation is a huge topic on the MCAT, so we will probably spend at least one more session on it as we incorporate gluconeogenesis/glycogen synthesis as well."
"Today, we did a comprehensive review on ch 10 and outlined all the different reactions. We started doing some practice questions. Out of all the chapters we have done, this seems to be the most challenging for the student, since it is a brand new concept. He is getting a good handle of it, but he is still referring back to his notes. Next time, hopefully, he won't need to."
"Today, we did a lot of review and practice of trigonometry (sin, cos, tan) and how to use it to solve triangles. The student is getting the hang of it, though we have to be careful when the unknown is in the denominator of our ratio. We also did some practice with rearranging equations. He should keep practicing using the distributive property to isolate the variable in question, and we need to keep working on problems where the desired variable is in the denominator. Finally, we started to work on some unit conversions. He seemed familiar with the basics of the metric system, but we reviewed how to convert in base 10 anyway, and we went over a few lesser-known prefixes like micro and nano. Next session, we will continue our study of units with a more thorough explanation of dimensional analysis, and we will use it on some non-base 10 unit conversions."
"Today, we did a quick and brief overview of some of the processes that will be on his next exam (roots, stems, leaves). I supplied him with supplemental images, as usual, from my PowerPoints. After that, we spent some time going through his critical thinking questions. There were a few that he answered and the teacher did not like, so I helped him interpret the teacher's responses. We also looked forward a bit in the CT questions to make sure that he understands the questions and knows what they are asking for. The student says that he feels good about his status in the course."
"Today, we discussed substances vs mixtures and how to identify physical and chemical changes. The student will finish chapter 1 on her own. Next session, we will review any confusing points before moving on to measurement, significant figures, accuracy, and precision (Chapter 2). I definitely noticed her becoming more comfortable with the material, and she should be able to tackle the exercises for these topics in her book on her own."
"Today, we focused more heavily on the empirical vs. molecular formulas and how they are calculated. I think we really had a good breakthrough on the difference calculations, especially since some of the theory behind why we are doing what we are can be kind of difficult."