Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on CARS diagnostic number 4. We also worked on partial pressure laws (Dalton's and Henry's). The passages included a philosophy passage on Utilitarianism, a passage about the authorship of Shakespeare, and a passage about bison in captivity. We will debate these answer choices and the rest of the passages next week."
"She and I began our first session by developing an outline for a study schedule that I will be filling in with assignments over the next few months before her test. This will help her organize her time and ensure that she stays on pace to finish the content areas with time to spare. After this, we took some time to discuss what her previous experience was with studying for the MCAT and what went wrong so that we can improve. After this, we dove into CARS strategy discussing a method that emphasizes the main point and author's position by asking several simple questions continuously as the passage is read. We then worked two passages together on philosophy and science history to give a solid example of how to properly apply this method. We then finished with a practice set design to practice estimating skills, finding a balance between accuracy and speed."
"The student and I spent our session on basic math definitions and the toolbox. He seemed comfortable with data sufficiency. We also started covering geometry, moving quickly through lines and angles. I asked him to practice fdps and to complete homework. Next time we meet, we will cover the balance of geometry."
"The student completed most of her homework. She did very well on the SC section 2, answering 48/50 questions correctly. She answered all of the coordinate geometry questions correctly. We looked at less heavily tested CR question formats today and reading comprehension. It appears that infer/ imply/ suggest questions and purpose questions are a bit of a challenge for her. We discussed language identification and the need for 100% of an answer choice to be correct in order for the answer to be correct. She's taking a practice test for homework. We will continue to work on this."
"The student finished out broad topic survey this week by attending Sentence Correction. We discussed theory and method; then I had him walk me through his thinking as he did a few SC questions. We found that, by and large, his technique is good. He uses the splits to narrow down what he's got to think deeply about, and isn't letting his 'ear' prejudice him overly. All that remains is a few esoteric questions of grammar-- questions he'll just have to encounter in practice to master. He's going to take a test and keep plugging through the GMAC materials this week."
"The student has a great and realistic view of applying to business school because she's seen it first hand. Her goal is to beat a 650 and got to her college choice in the fall. Her fundamentals are good, though her performance on the Quant section of a practice test was below how she expected to do. We started tonight with tackling problem solving strategies in the Quant section."