Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the majority of our time working on thermochemistry, a topic he seems to struggle with. We went over the practice problems at the end of the chapter in detail, including information about free energy, enthalpy, entropy, and equations relating to these values. I tried to clarify as much of the information as possible that he was struggling with. We then proceeded to do a practice passage on thermochemistry. I timed him for this and he struggled to complete it in time because he spent a good deal of time on a difficult math-based question. I emphasized not to spend more than a minute on any particular problem. He has difficulty with math-based questions so we worked through these slowly to figure out what part he didn't understand. Finally we reviewed Hess' law and went through practice problems. We worked through these slowly to hopefully allow for him to better comprehend this concept."
"The student and I went over the MCAT, focusing on acids and bases, as well as buffers/titrations. We worked on log tricks that were useful for the MCAT and also several other ways to get weak acid and bases quickly."
"This was our first session and it was in person. We discussed some of the student's difficulties with the MCAT and then went right into verbal reasoning strategy. He had listened to the review audio on verbal reasoning before and he thought it was really helpful. We went through the types of answer choices to look for and avoid, using the question stems and answer choices to find the main idea and reading the passage paragraph by paragraph to best follow the development of a passage. We went through four passages that went well. He is really good with the natural sciences passages."
"Today we went over the two passages from the verbal section of the exam that the student took over the weekend that he struggled most with. He scored a 7 on this section, a moderate improvement from his last practice exam. We then reviewed several physics/biology/chemistry topics that he identified as being weak areas for him, including Circuits, pH/Buffers, Momentum and Energy with regards to collisions, and Protein Synthesis. I pointed him to resources to practice problems on these topics on the tutoring website, and assigned additional problems in his review book. I am not concerned with the student's progress, and feel confident that he will be prepared to reach his goal in the time he has before his test date. I encouraged him to spend less time testing himself and more time focusing on the material itself and increasing his depth of knowledge on weaker topics."
"The student wanted to do a content review today for physics, covering the more difficult parts of waves (simple harmonic motion) and moving onto electricity and magnetism. We went over all of the relevant phases of simple harmonic motion and the different energies of each phase, as well as simple ways to derive the period equation for spring systems and pendulum systems. Following this we moved onto electricity, discussed circuits, capacitors, and resistors, and then discussed magnetism. I explained to her the conceptual ideas behind capacitors and Kirchhoff's rules, which enabled her to easily answer questions. We will finish physics with light and optics next time."
"The student took a practice quantitative section. She continues to struggle on hard questions. Yes/no data sufficiency occasionally gets her - so I reiterated, the goal of answering a yes/no data sufficiency is to get a yes and a no for a statement, so you can eliminate it. She mentioned she was struggling with functions, but we did some super hard functions and she solved them rather easily. It's just detail work."