Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed a Verbal passage on philosophy that required a breakdown of the 3 open questions in philosophy. We discussed Monism vs. Dualism and its variants. We did a little vocab and phraseology work. We then moved on to an AAMC Biology passage about intracellular eukaryotic parasites. We discussed graph interpretation and logical reasoning about protein function. We also briefly discussed cytotoxic T cells. Today was good for the student. Beyond getting a framework to analyze philosophical passage, he also was able to grasp the electrostatic attraction that bind all molecules together, up to and including protein folding. He was able to infer on his own the effects of pH on folding, and excitedly jumped forward through the connected ideas."
"3/26: We began the session by reviewing the quantitative section of the GRE. The student has heard back from one of the universities that he's planning to apply to, and he will need about a 150 on the math section. Using practice problems on the assessment website, we reviewed four concept areas: algebra, arithmetic, data analysis, and geometry. Given sufficient time, he was able to get almost every single problem correct in every concept area but geometry - I was very impressed by how much he's retained from high school! For the math section, my main concern is simply increasing his speed so it doesn't take him several minutes to answer a question. We'll work on this by doing lots of practice in various concept areas. I also emailed him a sheet of handy formulas to memorize and introduced him to the assessment organization, in case he comes across any particular math topics that he wants to review in his own spare time. We spent the remainder of the session discussing his most recent sample essay, which was much stronger than the previous one. He's going to keep working on articles and make sure his third body paragraph is as strong as the other two, but this week he'll write an "Analyzing an Argument" essay and instead of an "Analyzing an Issue" essay. In addition to the essay, his homework is to continue his daily vocabulary review and to finish reading sections 1 and 2 in the test prep E-book."
"We split today's session between work on coordinate geometry with linear algebra, and work on practicing verbal reasoning problems."