Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the test she completed independently over the course of the week. She is really improving: she scored a 29 in English, a 28 in math, a 30 in reading, and a 32 in science. This gave her a composite score of 30. We also went over 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles and practiced some problems with them."
"Today the student had a science test that she wanted to review for. I quizzed her on the vocabulary and major concepts of the chapter. Then we made flash-cards for the concepts for which she needed extra practice. Finally, I helped her organize her notebook which was going to be handed in for a grade."
"The student and I reviewed the results of a practice test he had taken over the weekend, and discussed the quantitative reasoning problems he had gotten incorrect. Additionally, we practiced several examples of algebraic and geometric concepts, and reviewed vocabulary note cards. He did very well staying focused and worked hard throughout the session. We plan to meet again in two weeks."
"We focused on the verbal section today, completing a section of 60 questions within the time limit that she will face when she takes the test. She has a strong vocabulary, so she did very well with the synonyms and analogies. I told her it would probably be helpful to come up with specific sentences to determine the relationship between the given words and apply it to the answer choices. She was confident and didn't second guess herself."
"Today I worked with the student. Right now we are doing a great emphasis on conversational Spanish only, making sure he has all the basic Spanish down. We had an open conversation focusing mainly on conjugating verbs in present tense."
"We reviewed two passage. The first was a critique of a specific educational reform. The second was on the ways in which cultural assumptions limit science. We covered the relevant vocab, phrasing, word-construction, and question-attack strategy. The student appreciated the help, both in vocab and in the scholastic assumptions made by the passages."
"We completed passages in PR Physics (fluids), Chemistry (reaction kinetics) and Biology (embryology). The student had a little bit of trouble working through some of the fluids problems because she was not completely familiar on how to properly use the fluid equations such as gauge pressure and Bernoulli's equation. However, she did improve as the session went on and her confidence increased as we did more problems. In terms of chemistry, she excelled on the discrete questions but incorrectly answered a few passage-based questions regarding ozone layer chemistry. Lastly, she did well in the biology questions with the exception of not being able to recall a few minute details regarding oogenesis and spermatogenesis. I let her know that I wanted to spend more time with fluids for this session because it is one of the harder chapters, and she understandably agreed."
"The student and I covered math topics, including number properties and exponents, and I gave him GMAT practice questions for each concept."
"Before this session the student took another practice test, so we started by going over the questions that she missed. She did very well on the logical reasoning sections. We went over the few questions that she did miss so she would understand all the correct answers. We then went over the logic games that threw her off a bit. We finished this session by going over a grouping game that we did together to help the student practice her setting up skills on grouping games."
"Final session. We began by reviewing problems from the last set of homework. Following this, we worked through an exam section, highlighting test day approaches and skills."
"The student did two sections of the LSAT in preparation for this session. She read some of Chapter 5 in the text. We began the session by going over all the problems she missed in the two LSAT sections. She did amazingly well on the Logical Reasoning Section, missing only 3. We discussed identifying problems in which there is no real argument, but merely a set of facts, and statements to be inferred from those facts. We discussed the importance of not choosing answer choices which involve a logical leap or assume facts not in the statement. We spent the remainder of the session working on logic games. First we thoroughly discussed one logic game in which the student missed most of the problems. It turned out she had misinterpreted her writing in one of the conditions. She was able to get nearly all the problems right on the second try. We then went back to the text and did three more sample games -- two ordering and one grouping. The second ordering game was complex and involved advanced inferences, but she still was able to get most of the problems right after discussion. In the grouping game, we timed her progress and she got the last three problems right but ran out of time on the first two. We discussed combining the conditions into a chain of inferences that could be used on most of the questions. For next time the student will complete the LSAT and the Grouping Games chapter in the text."
"The student and I met for another session of GRE tutoring. In this session we started to work with a new book full of GRE problems. We spent this session focusing on the basics: arithmetic and basic algebra. He has forgotten nearly all about math, so I had to reteach him many simple rules. We will keep working to improve his performance."