Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed physical science diagnostic number 6. Topics included, electrochemistry, galvanic cells, titration curves, equivalence point, half equivalence point, stoichiometry, pH, pOH, Kw, ka, ICE tables, etc.."
"In this session, the student and I started by talking about the data interpretation portion of the quantitative GRE. She did very well with these problems and understood them much better than other types of math problems we have worked on thus far. I outlined a few strategies she can use on these types of questions and assigned her some practice for homework to see if she can replicate the great work she did in this session. In the second half of our session, we started to talk about strategy for the reading comprehension questions. We practiced a few passages, and she felt pretty good about these sections of the GRE. She will practice some reading comprehension for homework as well."
"The student and I began by doing an intense review of algebra concepts on the GRE. We went through a number of practice problems and I explained the solutions when necessary and provided an in-depth explanation of some of the concepts involved. At the end of the session we practiced part of a verbal reasoning section. She is doing better at being able to guess and use the process of elimination on vocabulary based questions. She still needs to work on being able to confirm details with some of the harder reading comprehension passages. We set a session date for next week, and I also sent her some material she can work on ahead of that time."
"The student and I began by reviewing a difficult CARS passage from his own practice relating to art. We took our time to highlight the key aspects of the author's argument to articulate a main point. After thoroughly breaking down the passage, the answers seemed to come to him much easier. We then worked through several difficult science passages from a recent practice test. These covered genetics, radioactivity, acid and base chemistry, and amino acids, among other topics. He and I will meet in one week to continue working with CARS, dive deeper in science content, and perhaps review a practice test if he has time to complete one."
"Today was my last session with the student before the ACT test tomorrow. I gave him the opportunity to guide the direction of the lesson. I'm confident that he'll see a significant improvement on the exam tomorrow. He and I will start one-on-one session starting next weekend."
"We began the session with the student completing his math class work on finding the missing numbers in a series. He did very well finding the patterns, and only needed help on the last one. He then wrote how he solved the problems. I used that writing to work on some foundational spelling rules, such as doubling consonants when adding a word ending. In order to practice reading for practical purposes, we worked on some multi-step math word problems. I had him underline all pertinent info in the problem on the second reading and then solve it. Finally, he chose from a selection of fiction and nonfiction text to read an article about galaxies, during which we looked at photos from the Hubble space telescope, and then he answered questions about the article. He was very focused and attentive. He loves math, and favors factual material."