Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered more DNA Replication, Transcription, and Translation topics. She was very sharp today in her understanding of the topics. We did the Chapter 8 assessment and she did a good job understanding the questions, but just needed a little help in writing detailed answers."
"Today we started reviewing for the student's exam, which is on Friday. We covered the chapter over buffers and titrations, since that was the topic that she struggled the most on when we were working on the homework assignments. We were able to work through all the example problems from the lecture over that topic and also did some extra problems from the book. The one aspect of this topic that she still struggles with is making calculations when a new compound is added to a buffer solution. We worked through enough that she started to get a lot more comfortable with them."
"Today we worked on revising and editing the 4 P's paper. In addition we worked on setting up future assignments, creating an outline for the PowerPoint, creating an outline for the market segment paper, and locating information on the web."
"The student and I spent our session today going over his answer report from a previous ACT he had taken. We made sure that he knew where all his mistakes came from and why he made them. We'll continue to focus on this next time. I lent him a new ACT book with samples tests which I suggested he use to continue practicing reading and science problems."
"My session today with the student was focused mainly on the Reading section. We talked about the importance of annotating, and of taking the time after reading the passages to think about the "main idea" or the overall argument the author was trying to get across. We discussed different strategies for the long/short dual passages, and then did 2 practice sections together. His vocabulary is decent, and I have seen improvement on his Reading section skills since we started working on the ACT, but he still gets tripped up occasionally on the questions that require comparing and contrasting two arguments."
"In today's tutoring session, we began our discussion of solving derivatives using implicit differentiation. In order to do this, we first went back a few sections in the book to discover exactly how we were taking derivatives and the differential elements we were using (i.e. when taking derivatives of x with respect to x, dx/dx=1, y with respect to x is dy/dx). We applied this knowledge to a few example problems to see exactly how to keep track of these elements. Then, I had him solve a good number of problems in order to gain practice on this initially hard to grasp concept. After several problems, the student seemed to have a better understanding of how to solve these. We will continue to work on solving these types of problems next time. We also discussed further how to find horizontal and vertical tangency on a graph after we have found the derivative, as well as looked over some questions he had about earlier problems in class."
"Today we worked on usage, synonyms and identifying errors. He completed a worksheet where he had to choose the correct verb tense, singular vs. plural. He did very well. We worked on practice sections regarding punctuation, capitalization and errors in usage. Next time we will review I vs. Me."
"Student A: We went over the remainder of the science section in practice test 4 before reviewing select questions in the math section of the same test. She does still need to be reminded to slow down a little and read carefully, but she has shown definite improvement. We also worked through the first reading passage of practice test 5. Student B: We went over some math practice problems that I had given her. The questions covered area and perimeter, with a good number written as word problems, the way they are likely to appear on the ACT. We then continued to work on the English section of practice test 1. Some subject-verb agreement practice may be helpful, as would a brief review of semicolon usage."
"The student and I worked through two math and one reading section during our session. In math, we went back to basics and discussed the best strategy for tackling any problem: figure out what the question's asking, write down any relevant formulas, plug in given information into the formulas, find any missing variables, and solve. In reading, we looked at how to better eliminate answers."
"We reviewed Liberalism, Feminism, and Constructivism. I also worked with her on an assessment, with strategies for answering the short answer and what the professor would be looking for in terms of explanations and examples."
"Met with the student to begin covering topics in preparation for his final. He has all the previous exams from the semester and his TA has stated that the final exam questions will be similar to those found on the previous tests. We began work with the exam on factoring and combining polynomial expressions. He understands the material and can apply the formulas when he has them in front of him. I offered advice on which formulas he would need to have memorized for the exam and when they would be applied as well as "bookkeeping" techniques to help keep his work organized as he is working through a problem."
"During this session we continued to work on math. We went over question involving system of equations, writing linear functions, etc. We looked at practice problems in the student's text book. Overall this session went well."