Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session. After clearing up technical glitches, we spent 45 minutes working out our game plan going forward. I will send material on the basic concepts plus practice questions, which the student will work through. We will use sessions for review and questions as needed, as well as practicing drawing graphs when that becomes more significant."
"We spent today's session primarily on chemistry review for the student's final. We briefly went over a few key concepts from algebra, but she felt confident in her understanding and wanted to spend our time on chemistry. She had also completed a large amount of review problems for algebra prior to our session. We talked through the entire study guide, and I had her do practice problems where applicable. She struggled most with sections that required memorization, but we came up with mnemonics together that would aid her memory. We had time to review all of her chemistry material from the semester so she feels prepared for her exam."
"Today, he and I discussed prewriting activities. I demonstrated how to make a quick list of associations when given a topic, and then select those ideas of the ones he had written down to find a common theme. He did this for the topic of "winter." I reviewed with him the importance of writing a strong opening statement, using plenty of detail, using transition words or phrases, and using sensory information as much as possible. He then wrote two paragraphs on the topic. He was unsure if he was using these concepts correctly or extensively enough, so we discussed specific details and vocabulary he could use. I told him I would bring a sheet of transition words and a writer's checklist to our next lesson."
"For this session, we went over the practice problems that I had found and prepared for her based on our previous meeting. She seems to have a good grasp of most of the material over all and is able to solve most problems. I think her biggest problem is going to be speed on the exam. She can answer the majority of the questions, but many take her too long to solve. Before we meet again, I told her to take a practice test and time herself for the sections so we have a baseline on her speed. I also am having her write down any problems she is confused about or feels take her too long to get an answer. We will go over those in our next session and I will show her ways to improve her speed on those questions."
"Last night, the student and I continued looking at her most recent practice test. She continued reviewing the test on her own, and this morning, we met to go over specific biology questions that came up from the DAT prep book. Some of the questions and topic areas we covered were more uncommon metabolism pathways (plant metabolism, pentose phosphate pathway, Entner-Doudoroff), ecological topics on speciation (gradualism vs. punctuated equilibrium) and founder effect, pH/pI/electrophoresis in relation to amino acids, nucleotides and bonding (3' OH) in DNA, and cell bio. For the most part, the questions we went over today were the more complex and excellent questions to bring up. A number of the specific topics we went over were common 'tricky' question points."
"We worked on MCAT review today. We looked at diagnostic test #4 and looked over questions. Passages included a philosophical passage on utilitarianism and a passage that debated the authorship of the Shakespearean plays. We discussed the nature of evidence as seen through the lens of the MCAT as well as what makes an assumption an assumption."