Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: We began by discussing problems from the student's MCAT practice test. We finished sound by discussing standing waves in different string/pipe systems. I showed her how to shortcut memorization by drawing. Next, we moved on to Fluids, beginning with Hydrostatics (Gauge pressure, Specific Gravity, Buoyancy, Apparent Weight, and Hydraulics), discussing the Energy of a Fluid, and moving on to Fluid Dynamics. We closed out with a discussion of Solids (Elastic Moduli and Thermal Expansion). [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: The student did pretty well with most of the concepts here, because she has a really good grasp of forces and work. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: We will move on to Organic Chemistry."
"The student and I began by going over optics; beginning with reflection, then lenses, and finally refraction. Reflection was fairly straightforward, and she made short work of the concept that the "image" was the location of an object that would be casting an the same incident ray as the reflected objects reflected incident ray. Moving into lenses this idea became somewhat more difficult to visualize, but the Lensmaker's equation and lenses in series (along with some Snell's law) were not too difficult to follow either. Total internal refraction/ reflection was a concept that she had more problems on, but were similarly dispatched. The only practical problem that we worked on was one example that she had had trouble determining the right approach (and thus answer), as the book offered no explanation as to the solution. Eventually, we determined that she had actually been quite close with one of her attempts, and that she had most of the conceptual aspects understood. We agreed to cover more organic chemistry at our next session, which we were unable to set a firm date the following week for."
"The student took a practice test over the past week, and she showed an improvement of three or four points in the cumulative biological and physical sciences portion. We went over the test carefully to see where she made the most mistakes, and it seemed evenly distributed over the four individual subjects. She had the most challenges with the biological sciences portion. Many of her mistakes were in organic chemistry, which she has yet to review. I encouraged her to review the passages more slowly and make sure she understood the presented information, which is sometimes trickily embedded in the paragraphs."