Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's essays in depth. First we went line by line to address issues in grammar, spelling and syntax. I was glad to note that he picked up on his issues more as we did more editing and was able to point out errors he had made previously. Then, we addressed the overall essay; flow, structure, strength of argument (especially needing to delve deeper and provide examples). Finally, we looked at an example alternate essay that I wrote in a similar vein as his essays, as an example for something to strive for (I will be sending the grammar edits and alternate essays). With the remaining 10 minutes, we focused on 5 grammar words in definition and ability to use in a sentence."
"Immune system, immune response, viruses, prions, viroids, active and passive transport, osmosis, plant vs animal cell osmoregulation, tonicity, membrane proteins, channels, carriers, aquaporins, etc. Na/K pump."
"The student and I first reviewed her responses for GRE and analyzed argument questions, pointing to the successes of those responses, and also features that need some improvement. We then reviewed her assigned homework on inductive fallacies (important for GRE questions) and introduced techniques for constructing causal explanations (also important for some GRE questions). She most struggled with constructing relevant explanations for actual GRE questions we examined together, but improved greatly by the time the session ended. Next session, we will review more of her answers to timed GRE questions, including one's asking for alternative explanations, and move on to analyzing issue questions if she has made satisfactory progress. I will have her complete timed questions from her workbook independently and review them once we have covered a number of these together."
"The student and I met this morning for the last time before his GRE exam. He's done an excellent job of improving his weaker writing points while still keeping within the 30 minute time limit for each exam. Today, we talked about how he can provide greater clarity in developing the relationship between his rationale and the evidence or example used to prove it. We also talked about ways that he could quickly improve his spelling based on 30 words he commonly uses in his essays. Finally, we reviewed a few minor concepts regarding grammar and punctuation of phrases and dependent clauses. He has absorbed and implemented the concepts from previous sessions very quickly, so I am certain that he will be prepared for Monday's exam."
"Today, we continued on Quantitative Reasoning! Looking at a number of problems that the student had questions on, we covered topics on trigonometry, geometry, probability and statistics, and word problems. Next time, we'll start moving on to Organic Chemistry!"
"We reviewed some prompts the student responded to. I do see improvement in the tightness of his arguments. He is also improving on his grammar. He needs to also ensure his examples are specific and relevant. He is getting better at it."