Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished seven problems from the set given to her. The set covered force balances on pulley systems and special cases of variable forces (friction and normal force in an elevator). As the problem difficulty increases, we tried to find standardized approaches to each problem. Firstly, is the object/ group of objects accelerating? Where can we balance the forces with a free body diagram? Standard approaches help develop intuition about which type of problem and which conditions apply, which will help to build the student's confidence."
"We worked on her reading homework for the week. She read 2 chapters in her book and worked on writing a summary for Tuesday and Wednesday. She struggles with summarizing, so I broke the chapter down into paragraphs and had her verbally summarize the paragraph, and then by page and this seemed to help. We also had a discussion about vocabulary terms and clarifying meaning so that she could comprehend what she reads. The book she had from the library was difficult for her. I suggested she use the 3 or 5 finger rule when picking out a book from the library to make sure she can read and understand it on her own. She liked the idea and said she would try it."
"The student and I discussed the structure of his work for his microeconomics course. We also went over a couple of example problems. We concluded the session by hammering out the details of the format for the rest of our sessions, in which we will work on problems and discuss the answers (and the theory behind the posted solutions)."
"The student is doing much better than we expected. Today we dedicated to working on the science section. As of today she scored a 29 on the science section and her goal is 26. We are moving on to the math section next week."
"Today was the student's last session of tutoring before his test on Friday. In it, we finished the last section that he had not finished in biology regarding evolution and genetics. We also reviewed the endocrine system, as it is a very high yield topic on the MCAT. We then took a look at some amino acid properties, as that is in my opinion, the single most tested topic on the MCAT."
"We covered the section of SAT math that involved calculator use today, and we went over a few of the questions the student was shaky on. He seemed to have some trouble with the questions that involved rewriting equations for a different variable, as well as some general issues with interpreting questions, which is perfectly normal on the SAT. Overall, I think the student is very responsive to lessons and has good prospects on doing well on the test when he takes it."