Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We have been covering how to break down his textbook into brief, well-constructed notes, ideally using a PDF to allow for quickly switching back and forth from his notes to his book. We condensed about 100 lines of textbook material into about 40 lines fully containing all of the same information in less than 15% of the words that the textbook authors used to describe it. I explained that this process of clearly condensing the facts within the fluff is critical to learning material quickly and well. I also described the strategy of parallel organization, in which the same sentence structure is used to describe highly similar events. This allows us to do less work interpreting the meaning of our notes when we review them, which implies that we can more quickly refresh our memories on the relationship between the novel symbols to which we have recently been exposed."
"In this session the student and I went through a study guide he had in order to prepare for a test he has on Monday. We concentrated on protein production because other topics like DNA replication and mutation were only minor points on the test and we had also already covered DNA replication in depth in a previous session. We spent most of our time covering transcription and translation and he showed a good understanding of the topics by the end of the session. He still needs to study a little prior to his test Monday, but he now has a good base to work off of in order to properly prepare."
"The student worked on her biology homework worksheets. I made sure to help her think of examples of all the concepts so that she will have material for her essay answers on her test. We did find that most of her questions are on flashcards so using them will be good prep for her test on Wednesday. I also found some videos on the material for her to watch that are pretty interesting. On Tuesday we are going to go over her study guide and back over all of the concepts so she is ready for her test on Wednesday."