Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we analyzed timing issues on practice session and discussed the need to clearly understand argument and paraphrase it before moving to paraphrasing an answer. I emphasized the importance of clearing one's mind the day before the test."
"Today we did a review on Logical Reasoning homework and identified formal logic, as it's the only remaining question type not mastered. We also worked on Conditional Reasoning and if-then construction and dived into diagramming relationships in a sufficient-necessary condition. We are really drilling Conditional Reasoning to get the student ready for his test."
"Today we worked through more logical reasoning problems. The student has gotten much better at assumption questions and we are turning our focus to strengthen questions. The student is also going to try writing symbols to keep track of who says what when there are multiple actors because that has caused some confusion. We also talked about skipping time consuming parallel reasoning questions and returning to them at the end of the section."
"Again we focused solely on the logic game section of the assessment test, as that was the student's desire. We began going over 2 games that he would done since the last session, and then worked on two new games. He is beginning to understand the layout of these problems, and is showing some improvement."
"In today's lesson, we picked up from where we left off on the "stained glass" game. We then worked through a sequential ordering game and a hybrid grouping game. We finished with two difficult, timed grouping games and discussed strategies for each. Our final session will occur in approximately two weeks, during which we will discuss a few more historically difficult games and some closing advice for test day."
"We went over a variety of question types, including numbers and percentages, point at issue, principle, and evaluate the argument questions."
"We reviewed the previous homework on neurons and the kidney. We covered cellular metabolism, picking through what is most essential to know. We also went over a few basics of molecular biology. For homework, the student will go over a passage on eukaryotes/prokaryotes and cellular metabolism."
"We went over the physics section of the MCAT with a particular focus on distinguishing and translating between physics and kinematics problems."
"-We covered MCAT physics, which included problems from momentum and inertia. -We did problems from the test prep book for MCAT biochemistry."
"The student has covered almost all the content for the med school entrance exam. We talked about strategies to apply that knowledge, and really the only way is to do practice sections and tests which is what she will start soon. We worked through two passages in general chemistry. She was able to reason correctly and think critically, and I introduced her to some nuanced strategies such as picking the least-worst answer, or the most accurate answer. We also discussed analyzing graphs, tables, and equations inside passages, and I emphasized her option to skip around within a passage's question bank. This week she will cover organic chemistry and take a biology section test to help identify areas in biology that we will need to review. I will also send her instructions for a diagnostic test that she will take before our next meeting. She has spring break in two weeks, and wants to maximize her exam study time during that period. She is very prepared to begin practice tests."
"Today, the student and I reviewed general chemistry for physics, performed practice passages and covered strategies for attacking passages and questions. I provided the student with notes and practice."
"Today we worked on finishing batteries (we mainly covered the Nernst equation) and we covered torque and related problems."