Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first meeting with this student. This semester he would like to work on Calculus, so we began by reviewing some definitions and topics like curve sketching and maxima/minima."
"The student has a biology test tomorrow so she spent this session filling out and reviewing her packet. She had filled out about 3/4 of it ahead of time. She took the initiative to do a web search for the answers to questions that she did not understand. She also told me that she had made flashcards for a recent test and had success with that strategy. School will be over in 3 weeks so she is definitely noticing an increased workload. We went over what she needed to do for tonight and streamlined her subjects to a realistic number of things to cover."
"I met with both students for 30 minutes each; The first student and I reviewed several math topics, including integers, fractions/ratios/decimals/percents, probability, and statistics (mean/median/mode/range). The second student worked through several reading comprehension passages and the accompanying questions on the practice test (with 100% accuracy). We plan to meet again on Saturday, January 5."
"Helped the student prepare for a Calculus midterm by going over the first half of his study guide covering limits and simple derivations. The student had forgotten the beginning process for solving some things he had learned during the semester, but was able to pick them up well after an example problem."
"This session we began by discussing the results of the practice test. The student did phenomenally on the quantitative section, pretty well on the reading comprehension, not as well on the analogies, and needs help on the synonyms. From these results, we discussed that we must concentrate my help on vocabulary learning. I emphasized the importance of learning Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We worked in the test prep book on analogies and went over many vocabulary terms and root words."
"We decided to go over the student's last test, on which he scored a 32 (12PS/10VR/10BS). We did an overview of some of the specific biology questions on the exam. To follow up, we did a last session review of the major science concepts. We covered fluids, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, and acid/base in the practice section, and various human body systems in the Biology section. His actual test will be in two days time and he will review until then."
"We reviewed test structure and scheduling. Then we reviewed practice biology passages and practice physics passages."
"We made a schedule for the student's studying. We also went over a part of her first diagnostic test and went over strategies for taking the exam. No concerns/struggles. She has material to review before our next session."
"Talked about exam and application process. Looked at important things to do in the next week and the timetable for a successful application, and how the MCAT fits into that. Looked at characteristics of successful personal statements. Looked at optics and lenses as well, and practiced with discrete problems involving the lensmakers equation as well as magnification. Practiced drawing ray diagrams for mirrors and lenses."
"Over the weekend, the student took an MCAT and got a 27 (a 9 on all sections) which is improvement! It was a crazy weekend for him so he thinks he could have done ever better, which is good news. Today we covered all physical sciences. First, we looked at electrochemistry and electrochemical cells. He will do the problems on his own. Then, we talked about solubility and ksp. These topics lead us to thermodynamics as well. We finished with a bit of electromagnetic radiation, which we will do more of Wednesday along with electricity. He seemed to grasp all of the concepts but I think the homework for each section will really solidify concepts."
"Today, we spent one hour covering math, 30 minutes on writing and 30 minutes on verbal reasoning. The student was a lot better with math this week, and it was clear that he was improving, primarily eliminating simple mistakes. He did have problems with the more difficult questions, involving permutations and combinations. We went over each problem he incorrectly answered in depth and thus spent the majority of time on math. He scored very well on the writing section and struggled a little with vocabulary. I left him with 25 new vocabulary words."
"The student and I went over the practice tests that she had done, concentrating on Reading Comprehension. We also went over the common roots sheet that I gave her, and worked on extrapolating several words from each root to focus on vocabulary."