Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the first part of today's session, as usual, reviewing her vocabulary words. Afterward, we practiced using each of them in sentences, and then began our preparation for the actual vocabulary part of the test. We began going over techniques for each question type in the vocabulary section, and I assigned her the first self-test in her prep book for homework. In Math, we continued our work on functions and afterward worked on percentages. We began a few math multiple-choice questions. I asked her to finish looking at our final one for homework as well."
"The student and I went over the polling systems again, but this time, we applied it to the group assignment. The assignment was to discuss a method of polling to bring along peoples' favorite cereals. We both chose a combination of hare and plurality voting to be able to eliminate losers quickly. The method was then brought up to the group by the student for further consultation."
"We reviewed math word problems as they appear on the actual exam, as well as some unknown math concepts (percentages, and simple geometry). Then we reviewed the process of writing an expository essay. Assigned the student homework of writing an essay, including brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and editing... to be reviewed in session next Saturday."
"Since the student has a science fair project due Tuesday, we mapped out a three day schedule of how to tackle the project. Together, we decided on what additional work he had to complete before we meet again on Sunday."
"We discussed the basics of statistical inference in the context of several practice problems. We reviewed several definitions including null and alternative hypotheses, p-values, significance levels, power, and Type I and Type II errors. We focused on analyzing these terms visually with a normal distribution."
"We went over the entire practice test which had an assortment of multiple choice and essay questions. We discussed how to structure an essay answer and I answered the student's questions. Overall, she did very well on the multiple choice section. She made some flash cards for the test and just needs to commit the main events (like the Emancipation Proclamation and key battles of the Civil War) to memory. She showed a lot of progress and I could tell that she had been studying. I'm confident that by the time she takes the test tomorrow that she will be in good shape. We reviewed the battle of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Bull's Run, and I also gave her some test taking tips. Next session we will draft her history project proposal on Richard Nixon's involvement in China and ping-pong diplomacy. We will also commence the next chapter in her book."
"Review for test on Chapters 2 through 4. The student sent me the review sheet for the test. We also went over a question about when to use the median and IQR to describe a distribution and when to use the mean and standard deviation to describe a distribution."
"Introduced verbal practice strategy with articles from The Economist. Focused on thermodynamics content. Reviewed pressure-volume work and did practice problems. Explored enthalpy, entropy and Gibb's free energy in a conceptual way. Practiced problems with Hess' law. Did practice content sections for thermodynamics and analyzed responses. Went over patterns of oxidation and reduction for alkanes."
"The student recently took another practice test, and we used today's session to review her progress. She is moving closer to her target goal and has improved in her primary area of difficulty, over-thinking questions. We identified two additional objectives: spending more time with graphs and learning how to anticipate the depth of the question, which she will work on in the coming weeks."
"We started by talking about his study schedule -- he is taking the MCAT in a month and has a lot to cover, so it's important he has a plan. He is studying the sciences by himself for the most part, so together we will focus mostly on the verbal. I had him do a few practice passages; he did very well on the physical sciences and verbal but had a little trouble with the biology section because he has not started studying that material. I gave him recommendations for how to study for the biology section. We finished by doing three more verbal passages, working on pacing. The goal is for him to be able to finish each passage in about 8.5 minutes, and he was able to do that on the last passage."
"Today we briefly reviewed circuits and then discussed magnetism. We discussed the two methods by which magnetic fields are created (magnets, or movement of charge resulting in a changing electric field) and the magnetic force resulting from the magnetic field. We then went over how a changing magnetic field results in an induced electric field/current that counteracts the effects of the change in magnetic flux. We then moved into optics and light, discussing a multitude of subjects, including electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction of light at the interface between two surfaces, Snell's Law, polarization of light, diffraction, light rays, mirrors, and lenses."
"Reviewed a practice exam that the student took over the holiday break. Identified sections that we had to review and gave her some test-taking tips, like highlighting key phrases in the verbal reasoning section so that she would be thinking about the main theme of the passage when heading into the questions."