Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went through many different Physical Science passages, particularly those covering concepts the student wanted extra practice with. Discussed topics include radioactive decay, vapor pressure, Doppler effect, waves/sound, Archimede's principle, and solution chemistry. The student will be taking about 6 practice exams over the next 2 weeks leading up to her actual MCAT exam to further prepare for her test."
"Went over Winter's Tale essay, which was very strong. Talked about Macbeth and her strategies for dealing with that essay on her own. Decided to focus on Lady Macbeth. Will do one last edit of Winter's Tale by email."
"Today we went over the student's background research for her admissions essay and the full practice test she took last week. Her scores have plenty of room for improvement, and I think they will improve a lot now that we've worked on multiple choice omitting strategies and essay tactics. For next week, I assigned the student another full practice test and asked her to make vocab flash cards as well as a preliminary outline for her essay."
"We practiced math, discussing strategy again regarding breaking down problems and omission. We also practiced identifying errors in sentences, and I taught her a new strategy with identifying the subject and verb for each sentence to make it easier to identify errors. This was the final session, so we discussed taking the exam. She feels confident that her score will improve, as do I. I told her to keep practicing her math, and she mentioned that she was going to study her vocabulary and do practice problems in her strategy book."
"This session, the student and I went over Chapter 8, budgeting. He seems to understand this concept most strongly and needed little guidance going over the material. He seemed to understand the material fairly well on his own."
"We did a few homework problems; converting negative exponents to positives and completing division of monomials. We looked at rules of addition, subtraction, and multiplication of polynomials/monomials; more specifically, these rules as they apply to exponents. He created note cards with all of the rules and examples of each rule executed. He feels confident that this will solidify his knowledge of these topics."
"The student and I played learning games for much of the lesson, where we worked on her ability and ease at identifying letters as the same and associating the name of the letter with the appearance. I'm going to think of other opportunities and games for her to learn and reinforce her knowledge in a fun way. Other than that, we worked with some puzzles and a memory game for letters and numbers."
"We split our attention between homework, and studying for his quizzes in math and literature the following day. We completed math homework, finished looking up his vocabulary words, and checked the answers he had completed for his social studies homework. We were able to study for the quizzes, and with a little more study time, he should be prepared."
"The student and I worked on reading today. We looked at different ways to approach the passages and the questions. The student struggles with reading closely and picking up on some of the smaller details, especially in the prose passage. I set him some homework to help with that ,mostly having him read fiction and take notes on it. And looking for important pieces of information on characters, plot lines, dialogue, and the author's tone and mood."
"Topics: assorted algebra II, scientific notation, solving equations, simplify expressions, solve by substitution, domain and range, inequalities, algebraic inequalities, word problems and systems of equations. Progress: student was familiar with most of the topics for this test and remembers all of the methods she needs in order to get through one."
"Today I incorporated reading and reading comprehension into the math lesson: the student read "The Doorbell Rang," by Pat Hutchins. As he read, we added the number of kids who visited the home to the number who were already there. We also discussed how the number of cookies to share decreased as more visitors arrived. At the end of the story, he had 12 of his own pretend cookies to distribute among four people. He was then given 12 cookies to distribute equally among three people. He recorded his findings with a drawing and a written paragraph. He received 9 cookies to share among 4 people. He realized that one cookie was left over when he shared them equally. I plan to extend this activity during our next session together."
"The student was working on a test review. It covered logs and natural logs. We worked through the review, which asked him to simplify or solve log equations. The session went well and I think he did a good job in preparing."