Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: The student wanted to review a difficult verbal reasoning section test she had done. We began with my lecture on argument analysis and how it informs understanding the types of questions asked, as well as improving mapping and reading actively. After that, we covered 3 difficult passages, one that used an extended analogy, another that discussed history, and a very verbally dense philosophical passage derived from David Hume's On Liberty. [PROGRESS]: She improved her understanding and mapping upon revisiting the same content with the new viewpoint to which I introduced her. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: She will do a full-length test this weekend and will hopefully get time to review it, assembling a topic list we can cover the next time."
"Today we went over two passages in depth while applying the techniques that we talked about last time. We focused on briefly summarizing each paragraph as a means to quickly answer questions and also maintain focus during the reading as well as answering questions based on question types and answer types. More than anything else, I spent a lot of time with him answering questions and analyzing answers to demonstrate to him why certain answers were better than others. In almost all cases, he agreed after being exposed to this kind of thinking. He has implemented the summary strategy in addition to reading passages silently by mouthing the words. He finds that this keeps him focused on the passage, does not slow him down, and allows him to answer questions more correctly. In one of his practice tests, he answered 28 out of the 40 questions correctly, which would have resulted in a 9 on the MCAT, a favorable score. During this test, he also only finished six of the seven passages. This is an immense improvement over his usual 20 out of 40 questions."
"Today we did math problems from the arithmetic and data analysis sections, with focus on solving equations."