Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on physics information for the majority of this session. We went through more work, energy, and momentum problems. We then moved on to fluids and solids. We discussed some information she found confusing in the text and then worked through about five problems at the end of the chapter. We also discussed how she should be reviewing other information including general chemistry and biology. She is going to make a weekly schedule for herself leading up to the test date in late August. Finally, we spent the last half hour going over the cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, and the difference between chromosomes and chromatids. This was some foundational information!"
"We continued with our review of biology concepts, going over some cell basics like cell types, organelles, transport, and action potentials. We transitioned into a discussion over the two main signalling systems of the body (nervous and endocrine), and talked over common topics. Finally, we started going over the circulatory system and the heart, and will continue on Thursday."
"We went over the physical science and biological science sections of the student's latest practice exam, one which he showed marked improvement (composite score of 27!). At this point what he wants help with the most is how and when to extract information from the science passage. His overall performance is at a much stronger level and I feel he's very prepared to take the exam in 2 weeks."
"During this session, the student and I focused on reviewing sections from her most recent practice test. She was happy to see her verbal score continue to rise, and indicated she felt more confident about this section. I was happy to hear that she has continued to use her missed questions as cues for which sections to review, and to continue to review a subject area each time she misses a question on it. She specifically reviewed waves and vector forces, and indicated she felt far more confident on those sections when taking her last practice exam. We ended our session by going through several of the articles I had sent her since our last meeting, identifying author's point of view, tone, and audience. I will continue to send her daily articles. In our next section, we will review the practice tests she plans to take between now and then and use those as a guide for specific review."
"Today's session was split into two parts, with the first hour spent on Logic Games and the second on Logical Reasoning. I began each hour with a list of tips and strategies to be used for time management and improved response accuracy. We looked closely at the "dinosaurs" game, a notoriously difficult game with an advanced setup approach. For logical reasoning, we reviewed 10 questions and I pointed out how to apply some of the strategies we discussed."
"We did a quick overview of a logic games section. The student got those easily. Then, we did logical reasoning. I showed the student how to spot repeated terms in arguments. Also, I explained how a conclusion will have a term that doesn't appear in the premises. We spent 45 minutes or so on reading comprehension. The student is getting better at selecting the keywords. We went over some of her wrong answers. She fixed them with a little guidance."