Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed client's current and upcoming needs. Reviewed most recent test and re-examined problematic topics. Performed additional exercises in the textbook until client achieved firm understanding. Went over study tactics for upcoming lessons."
"The student and I discussed the general format of the revised GRE, high-yield vocab studying techniques (grouping, roots, positive/negative), verbal question types, and reading comprehension strategy. We spent most of the session on math content review - percentages and ratios, order of operations, solving basic linear equations, solving systems of linear equations by substitution, GRE "symbolism," and statistics (mean, median, mode, range)."
"Today the student and I studied for her Spanish test tomorrow. We went over the four quizzes she has had over the material. We corrected the questions that she got wrong on the quizzes and discussed strategies so that she will not get them wrong on the test. We went over the grammar for the test which included positive and negative tu commands, reciprocal verbs, and por versus para. We also briefly went over vocabulary words for the test. "
"We scored the essay the student wrote together and discussed methodology/strategies for essay introductions, how to take a stand, topic sentences again. Went over vocabulary homework. Worked on paragraph-level critical reading: how to find purpose, central idea, structure; key words; paraphrasing/predicting/ simplifying; question types; logic/reasoning; visualizing."
"The student had some homework concerning sentences and sentence fragments, so we worked on that at first. Then we read two story cards and answered the questions. We then reviewed his Texas facts for the test tomorrow. Finally we played the dice game in order to work on multiplication and addition."
"Today the student and I worked on answering passage-based reading comprehension questions. She showed good progress with making educated guesses even when there were aspects of vocabulary or content that were unclear to her. We also looked at improving sentences and passages in the writing section. She has an excellent grasp of grammar and sentence structure, and we made real progress in figuring out how to reorganize paragraphs and summarize passages."
"I went over the math sections of the SSAT practice test that the student took. I addressed some of the questions she had about word problems and fractions. I gave her homework and we will review it at the next session. We will also review some of the concepts that her math teacher suggests."
"The student and I worked on the English section, focusing on comma and semicolon usage. We then worked on the science section, focusing on carefully reading and interpreting the graphs and charts before answering the questions."
"Today the student and I reviewed for her upcoming test over complex numbers and quadratic equations and inequalities. She received her latest quiz back from her teacher so we took this time to look over the entire quiz. We worked through problems, correct and incorrect, and I made sure that she knew why and how to get each answer. Afterward, we briefly reviewed the material that had given her some trouble in the past (absolute values of complex numbers, additive inverses) - I wanted to make sure she remembered how to do it. She felt much more comfortable at the end of this session, and I gave her some assignments to do during her study hall period before the exam."
"Last meeting with the student before his exam. We spent most of our time on the math section working just the difficult problems. They are the toughest and their solution generally involves doing something creative so when time is limited they can't usually be solved. He got about half correct but they took a while. He's strong on the rest of the math section so that should carry him. We also looked at the grammar section and he has improved since we last met."
"We covered an exam in the student's last session. After looking through the exam, we found he easily could have scored close to a 13 on the physical sciences by avoiding specific traps that are on the MCAT. In his next practice test, he will try to apply timing techniques as well as other educated-guessing techniques that will allow him to score better on the test. We also went through chapters 1-4 of organic chemistry, specifically touching on substitution/elimination reactions, and went through the forms of isomerism."
"We reviewed chapters 6-8 to prepare the student for her upcoming final. We reviewed each grammar section and did the practice problems in the back of each chapter. We also completed some of my own practice problems that I designed using the grammar and vocabulary relevant to the sections. Some topics covered included preterite vs. imperfect, reflexive verbs, commands, direct/indirect objects, and irregular preterite verbs."