Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's history teacher returned their review packets, 3 days before the final, without any feedback. But we can deal... the student is already showing considerable signs of improvement and if we can just finish preparing for the essay portion by Sunday. This will leave him a full day to simply review his notes."
"The student and I reviewed several questions in preparation the SAT exam this weekend. She worked on problems that she had selected and thought were difficult. At the end of our session, she was able to recognize how to solve each of the problems that concerned her. For each question I encouraged her to box the given information and underline what the questions asks for. This strategy has proven effective for her in preventing mistakes and overlooking critical information."
"We went over the math section I assigned her yesterday. She did better but still missed some easily reachable problems. Her subscore was 28 which is a good improvement. I told her to complete a reading section for next time."
"We did practice, practice, practice for the SAT Reading section, applying the principles from last session to actual problems. I explained to him the need to think analytically versus creatively on the Reading section. We will turn our attention to Writing in the next session."
"Reviewed the chapter 1 test in French and checked math homework. While there are still errors here and there in the students work, they are becoming less frequent and she will solve the rest of the problem correctly."
"Today we were reviewing proportions and ratios. We also worked on percents and how to calculate things like interest, taxes, and commission."
"We began by discussing her experience with the MCAT thus far. She has done well on Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences. We made a schedule for her studies for the next week, and then went over some biological science topics including prokaryotes v. eukaryotes v. viruses. We then began reviewing physics content beginning with units and kinematics. We skipped to the practice problems and went over the kinematics equations. I suggested making flash cards to better remember these important three equations. Still, the student was able to answer these questions well with little assistance from me. I suggested she continue with these problems and then move onto the next chapter when she felt confident about this material."
"We focused on trouble spots in Biology today, covering Evolution and Genetics. He intends to go over the test between sessions, and we will also look over the reproductive systems in BS."
"This was our first meeting after a long hiatus. We caught up about where she stood in relation to the test and made a plan together to prepare. We decided to begin by working on Physics, a particularly difficult subject for her. This session we worked entirely on kinematics, focusing on understanding, creating, and translating between position v. time, velocity v. time, and acceleration v. time graphs. We worked through a number of applied problems that involved this and other approaches."
"Since the last time we met the student took a review practice test and got 9's on every session. This is improvement from his most reason test prep and how he scored on practice tests previously. Next time we will work on passages together to target reading comprehension. Today we spent the first part of our lesson going over stoichiometry problems with balancing equations, limiting reagents and mass percent. We did accompanying problems. We talked about quantum numbers and we covered organic lab techniques with accompanying practice problems."
"During today's session we reviewed 4 high-difficulty logic games. We covered more sub-game board setup strategies, numerical distribution, and logic chain combinations. We will return to each of these in more detail, but today offered an introductory overview to these concepts. We will split our next session into an hour of Logic Games review and an hour of Logical Reasoning review."
"Today we worked on a few of the student's homework problems relating to a monomial/polynomial manipulation. He is starting to understand the overall algebraic structure of multi-our polynomials."