Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed Monday's homework, reread the Level D book from last time, read two new Level D books and a Level E book, and worked on long vowels and sight words (there are only about ten on the first grade list that he still needs to learn). His reading and writing are really improving! :)"
"We reviewed similar triangles and quadrilaterals. I found a few exercises from the student's book that allowed me to challenge him and get him engaged. The student was very involved this session and has made a great deal of progress."
"Today was our 2nd-to-last session before the student's SAT II. We continued to talk about major themes of empires. In particular we talked about the West African empires of Mali and Songhai. We also compared the Japanese Shogunates to the European feudal society. She took notes and seems pretty confident in the material."
"Today the student and I prepared for his upcoming test. I created quadratic equations for him to solve by two methods: completing the square and the quadratic formula. He appeared to have a better understanding of the more difficult material."
"I spoke with the student's parent's regarding their teacher/parent conference about ways to help the student improve her grade. We discussed that the student's teacher is looking for longer, more detailed answers to the short answer questions and a better organized notebook. The student and I then went over non-Mendalian genetics and dihybrid Punnett squares. I made sure the student really understood Punnett squares since it will probably appear on an exam. In addition, we have been focusing on using the specific biology terms that her teacher uses in class during our sessions."
"The student and I covered Chapter 4 section 1, the section on the federal system including Congress. We went through what they do, who is involved and when certain events happen. We prepared her for a quiz on the material scheduled for the next day."
"My second tutoring session with the student went well. We discussed a Sentence Correction question from the review guide, since she was confused about the explanation given for the answer. Then we reviewed a group of Problem Solving questions from the guide that were challenging for her. I showed her ways to algebraically set up each of the question, which she understood when I wrote them out for her. Next, we moved back to the remaining Problem Solving questions."
"Today we finished our Verbal Lectures and went over a passage. The student needs to work on reading the questions carefully. We also went through the Review Physics workbook free response questions, which she will continue to work on her own. She will review the formula sheet and approach me with any questions. We are still honing in on her physics knowledge gaps, and will focus on those in the next session. She will also be taking her first practice test tomorrow which we will review in our next session on Sunday."
"We began the session by talking a little about ourselves. We discussed her background and how to do well in medical school interviews. We then did several practice MCAT Verbal sections, and she did very well on each. During this practice, I told her about several strategies for the Verbal section, some of which she was already familiar with. I then asked her to provide me with a list of areas that she would like to do content review on. For homework, she is supposed to 1) Buy the passages book and do test #1 timed, 2) Do the Biological and Physical science sections of the review test #1, 3) Sign up for MCAT Question of the Day."
"We discussed test taking strategies and a plan for the student as he goes forward studying for his test in two months. We then went through the biological section of a practice test he recently took. It seems like he has a pretty solid knowledge of the material."
"The student and I first talked about balancing her course work at school with her MCAT preparation and determined that she wanted to space out her practice sections more. We came up with a schedule for the next week that goes at an agreed upon pace. We then talked about useful strategies for preparation for practice passages in this content review portion of her studying and how to maximize efficiency. We made notes of the passages and concepts that she still needs work on in the Physical Science portion of the exam to come back to during her Practice Passages portion of studying. We then reviewed her verbal record chart and noted strengths, weaknesses, best practices, and strategies based on the data collected. Then we did two practice verbal passages together and talked about how to utilize these strategies in practice."
"We started preparing again for her MCAT in October. We looked over some general chemistry concepts, including solubility (K sp, common ion effect, solubility rules), colligative properties (MP/PF changes, VP lowering, osmotic pressure), waves (electromagnetic spectrum, light vs. sound, Doppler effect, refraction/reflection, waveforms, decibels), and started with acid and base (definitions of acids/bases, strong acids/bases). We will continue with acid and base concepts next time."