Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, the student and I worked on her homework, which covered Limits. We went over how to find limits by substitution, limits by graphing, and limits by simplifying/algebraic operations. We also went over how to find the limits by looking at graphs of piecewise functions. Additionally, we covered how to graph piecewise functions. Progress was great for the most part. Since her teacher was absent today, she didn't have a complete understanding of limits so I tried to help fill in the gaps."
"The student's SAT is coming up. He says he feels ready. He did a Critical Reading section for homework and did very well. We went over his errors in detail and talked about strategies for reading long passages. He also did a draft of his college essay for me to look over, which was very good. We made some corrections together and agreed that he would continue to look it over and show it to his parents to make sure they felt comfortable with it. The student and I worked on critical reading and vocabulary. She sometimes finds the passages boring and has a hard time paying attention to them, which makes answering the questions difficult. We discussed strategies for getting through the passages and ways to define unfamiliar words in context."
"We went over reactions as part of our review sessions to ensure that the topics the student covered before we began meeting are solid. We did some Synthesis, Double Replacement and Combustion reactions as practice. I assigned her reading to that deals with Oxidation Reduction reactions as her teacher stated that it would not be covered in depth on the AP Chemistry exam. I found this to be interesting and told her I would teach her Redox. She also practiced drawing organic compounds from the reactions we practiced as a way of understanding the endings of chemical compounds and what they mean. Our goal is to go over general nomenclature for chemical compounds in our next session as well as Redox."
"We did more PSAT prep, looking especially at vocabulary. We drilled vocabulary for a little over an hour, and then the student took a quiz. We graded it then looked over what she got wrong. We focused on looking for little reminders to help her remember the words."
"Covered domains and composite functions, which should be the next topic to be covered in class. This concept can be very difficult to understand since it utilizes multiple sub-topics, but the student was able to pick up on it fairly quickly, and was able to answer more complex questions in no time at all."
"The student had a statistics assignment to work on, encompassing confidence intervals and t-tests. We got through a large amount of it. She was asking good questions and cared much more about understanding the material than obtaining a high score, which is a good approach in stats. At the end of the session, she felt like she would be able to finish the assignment."
"We studied for his science test on the circulatory system as well as brainstormed for his reflection papers for his anthology project. We also made a table of contents for his anthology project and outlined what he is going to be doing for the week, which he finds helpful. His parents remarked that they have seen much improvement in the student's grades and attitude."
"SAT reading. Vocabulary foundation is becoming better. Reviewed Level B sentence-completion exercises that were assigned for homework. Continued with 1-3 of the Level C exercises. For homework, assigned Exercise 4 of Level C, reading passage Exercise 1 Level A, online sentence-completion practice, review of previous words and the generation of sentences with unknown words that led to incorrect answers."
"The student and I discussed some of the basics of the test (how many questions, what kinds of questions, etc.). I gave him some general advice for Problem Solving math questions, and he did some Problem Solving practice questions. Then, I taught him the "picking numbers" strategy for solving math questions, and we practiced this technique with various different types of questions."
"The student worked on memorizing her six and seven multiplication facts. We also added new words to her vocabulary and read for comprehension."
"In our second session, I covered numerous GMAT problems involving rates, ratios, percents, fractions, exponents, and roots. I also covered how complex 3D geometry shapes can be broken into simple 2D geometry shapes. For example, a cylinder is composed of two circles and a rectangle or a square. The student has improved her ability to visualize the problems and develop methods to solve those problems. Her primary technique has been to visualize the solutions, and this technique has worked quite well for her."
"During this session, we continued working through types of word problems. This week we covered interest problems, discounts, profits, and sets. The student showed significant improvement in problem identification and setup. Before the next session, the student will work on timing for the quantitative section, and continue taking practice tests."