Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through physics and went through chemistry passages 1 and 2. She really liked doing passages so we will do more of those in future sessions. She will do verbal, physics 4 and a chemistry review for tomorrow."
"We continued to work on the student's Organic Chemistry skills and knowledge. We did this through a practice test I found online containing much of the information we have reviewed thus far. She did a great job with aromaticity and conjugation problems."
"The student has finished reading the physical science subjects, but she has not done many practice problems so far. I thought it would be good to do some together so we did 4 physical sciences practice passages today. We did these in a step-wise manner. She was active in reading and comprehending the passages, and in her understanding of the overarching science concepts. She had not memorized equations however and this hurt her. She needs much more practice in working with units, algebraic skills, manipulating equations. I showed her how it is possible to derive equations based on evidence. Overall I thought she showed improvement. I sent her a physics worksheet to do so she can have more experience in 'filling in the blanks' in physics problems."
"This session, we covered more of the physical sciences section. We reviewed Young's modulus, shear modulus, and bulk modulus in the solids section of the MCAT review book. We also did some magnetism practice problems. We focused most of the time on solutions and solubility, going over different ways to express concentration of a solution and talking about the solubility rules and the names of different anions and cations that the student needs to know for the MCAT. She is definitely improving in each section that we review, and I think that the challenge will be integrating the different topics she's learned for the MCAT questions that require knowledge of multiple science topics (for example, electricity and magnetism often go together in questions, and colligative properties often include questions about solutions or percent composition). She will complete a full length physical science practice test before our next session."
"The students and I reviewed kinematics, projectile motion, energy, work, and gravitation. We worked several inclined plane, static equilibrium, friction, and torque problems, and they are going to complete additional practice questions before our next meeting on Wednesday."
"We completed passages that concerned lenses, optics, mirrors, refraction (using Snell's Law), the nervous system and a little bit on the respiratory system. Overall, it was apparent that the student needs a lot more work in memorizing and applying key optics properties to problems. Such properties include ray tracing, knowing the thin-lenses and magnification equations, knowing when an object produces a real or a virtual image in both a lens and a mirror system depending on the location of the object in respect to the focal point. He did better in the biology passages, and particularly in a nervous system passage that was more difficult than usual, and I do not have much concerns about his biology understanding. However, he will really need to improve on his optics knowledge going forward."