Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I have our final session together next week. Overall, she reports having a high degree of confidence answering these GRE questions, and my reviews of her responses she has constructed and sent to me confirms that her confidence is warranted, given that these responses exhibit high degrees of achievement. We will do some final practice problems this next, final session, review strategies, and work to improve what minimal weak points she evinces with her responses at this point."
"The student and I used this week's session to review his sample essays and reader responses for the GRE Issue Essays. In doing so, he was able to get a strong understanding of what the readers are looking for with respect to structure, logical connections, depth of analysis, and command of language. We discussed the differences between the various levels based on reader comments, and how the readers' priorities corresponded to his strengths and weaknesses in writing the issue essay. We then developed a list of areas he wants to improve in the next couple of weeks, and talked about how he could begin this process now that he had carefully reviewed examples."
"The student has her test in early October and wants to review some math concepts. Today, we covered standard deviation and normal distributions, probability, and graphs & charts. On the docket for next session is combinatorics, word problems, sequences, and remainders."
"Today, we continued on with the assessment test prep, focusing on Keyhole, Hole Punching, and Angle Ranking. Starting off with Keyhole, we looked at the objective, a few strategies on how to learn the material, and methods for answering test-like questions. We tested these methods by working our way through a number of practice problems. Next, we moved on to hole punching, where we looked at lines of symmetry and methods for approaching the problems (looking at symmetry across the first fold, making grids to keep track of unfolding the patterns, predicting the number of holes we expect to get, etc). We also looked at angle ranking and went over a number of methods of how to compare angles (imagining the angles as mountain peaks, solid objects, walking up a hill, as a lounge chair, etc). Tomorrow, she will take her diagnostic exam and we will go from there!"
"We covered basic ecological and evolutionary principles. The student is stronger in evolution than ecology. We covered patterns of population distribution, aquatic life zones, terrestrial biomes, biodiversity, succession, evolution, natural selection, mutation, and mechanisms of selection. We are concentrating on eco/evo since it's the smallest amount of material to cover, the student has a solid background in it, and it's most important to his future plans/goals."
"We discussed the Ligand Field Theory (LFT), d-orbital splittings in non-octahedral complexes, electron counts in metal complexes and their consequences, polarizability, and some HSAB. We started some discussion regarding thermodynamics."