Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we started working on Ochem! We covered a lot of information on nomenclature, drawing line structures, stability, reactivity, and alkanes. The student picked up a lot of it very quickly! She should keep memorizing those Latin roots for naming and remember the rules of stability. I was so glad to see she was able to work through the PCAT problems in the prep book after we covered the material. We will continue on Sunday!"
"We began by working on sensation and perception, with an emphasis on how signals are transduced and the role of the thalamus. We continued with learning and ethology, including operant conditioning and the many experiments showing its limits."
"In today's session, we covered the last two chapters of the MCAT biochem review. We spent most of our time on the often-tested topics of fatty acid synthesis/ beta oxidation and hormonal control of metabolism. We then practiced one passage related to each topic. We will have two more sessions next week, and then he will take the test the week after that."
"This session, we finished completing responses to GRE analytic questions for analyzing arguments. Next session we will begin examining questions for analyzing an issue. Once we have covered these in detail, the student will construct responses to both types of questions using material from her GRE practice workbooks, which we will review together. As we progressed through each kind of question prompt for the argument analysis questions, we reinforced/provided strategies for answering each component of the question fully and well. We will do the same next week with issue analysis questions."
"Today, we worked on a number of QR and Biology topics. We started working with QR problems from the DAT prep book, touching on methods for algebra, probability, and geometry. I told the student tips for solving word problems without constructing algebraic formulas and tricks for identifying the correct answer without having to use much math. We moved on to Biology, where we covered a wide range of topics, including cladistics/phylogeny, action potentials and signal transduction, anatomy and physiology, bone cells and development, and a number of microbiology related topics. I left her with a number of 'homework' assignments for our next session!"
"We covered thermal physics and a little stat mech. The student needs to really understand the Boltzmann distribution, specifically probabilities and average energies. I've suggested that he read and work through examples in Ch 1 and 2 of the book on Thermo/Stat mech and work through and understand the problems from the past exams."