Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed another physical science assessment. She was still having some trouble with the physics, so we practiced extra with circuits. Mostly we went through the entire assessment problem by problem and worked out the correct answer for each one."
"The student and I walked through the practice test that she did over the weekend and the practice verbal passage she did on Monday. After going through all of the questions, we brainstormed some ways to not get stuck on verbal. We then moved on to a more general review of biology topics. For homework, she is to totally finish the remaining chapters, continue discrete questions for chemistry and physics, do another practice verbal test, and review her biology notes."
"Today we continued through our discussion on sections of the biology material. We finished the circulatory system, discussing structure, mechanics, signaling, and the components of blood. We transitioned into the lymphatic and immune systems, going over types of leukocytes and different sectors of the immune system. We then reviewed the excretory system, examining structure, mechanics, and signal control. Finally we ended with the digestive system, where we talked through the structure of the GI tract and how different energy sources get digested and absorbed."
"[COVERED]: We spent the session reviewing questions raised by the student's Full-Length and a Physical Sciences Subject Test. [PROGRESS/CHALLENGES]: The student has a very strong fundamental understanding, and is, with some guidance, realizing that she has crested the content hump and now needs to refine how she applies that knowledge, and to get more familiar with the different ways that questions are commonly asked on those topics. She needed a little emotional support as her score went down from her last test, but she is getting stronger in the face of the challenges. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: None. [CONCERNS]: None."
"We talked about the student's approaches to the exam so far. We then covered some basic verbal reasoning skills. I tried to get him to pick out the author's viewpoints after initially reading the passage. We then went over an organic chemistry concept. We finished by doing another verbal passage, this time under a time limit."
"The student and I finished our discussion of data sufficiency, covering the pieces of the puzzle approach and the important definition categories that come up on the exam. We turned to reading comprehension next, covering the general strategy and the first practice passage. The student did very well applying the strategies. I assigned two additional passages for homework and asked him to complete the data sufficiency set from next session. We will likely move on to either algebra or sentence correction next session."