Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over his first lab on sorting competition. He was catching up with various functions for string manipulations. He was very motivated and eager to learn the material."
"We focused our session on helping the student get further in her assigned computer science project for her Data Structures course. She had a start on the basics of the project like creating a class and reading input from a user, but was stuck with some of the main conceptual parts of the project which required implementing both array-based and linked-list-based stacks and queues. The session was primarily spent with her sharing her screen, so that she would be doing all the coding, and I would be helping her with both conceptual ideas as well as coding principles in C++. We implemented the stack array that we could create from the main class and described its main functions and variables with a header file. The array based stack required carefully monitoring the top of the stack as an index in the array and performing the operations appropriately. We briefly got to talking about the linked-list implementation of the stack, and how the push and pop operations would both occur at the head of the list. Even more briefly, I explained how the queue would have operations at both the head and also the tail, with only the tail pieces being much different than the stack implementation. She seems more comfortable with the theory of the stacks and queues, which will help when she does get to the implementation. The student was very positive and willing to both ask me questions and answer mine as she worked to figure out the right implementation, which is great for learning the concepts. I plan to follow up with her about a compile-time error we saw. Other than that, she is a good way started on her project, and I plan check in again as she continues working on the remainder of the project which is due Friday."
"The student and I talked some more about fixing glitches in the game he is designing. There was a glitch that was making the player fall through the blocks that he figured out. We had to look at the code he had written previously and interpret exactly what was happening on each line. He was able to find that we had over complicated the code a little, and we could remove some of the conditions we previously had to make the code right."
"The student and I worked on her website project. We got familiar with her code and began looking at ways to simplify her code and have it do what she is looking for it to do. I gave her some ideas on things to work on for next time, so she will have plenty to do. We are meeting on Friday next to continue working on her website."
"Today, the student and I were able to review the remaining portions of her beach digital media project. We filled in the sky as well as the surrounding sand using the opacity feature to make the selection look more natural. Overall, she did very well and is developing fluency with Adobe Illustrator as she progresses."
"Today the student and I covered some review of Microsoft Excel, and then jumped into Pivot Tables. We went over how you can change the rows, columns, values, and filters that appear in these tables. She did very well in our session this morning."