Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the chapter about gases. We reviewed the first part and worked on the take home quiz, then we covered the last part of the chapter and went over the review problems at the end of the chapter. This all went well, and the student seemed to understand all of the old material and picked up the new material very well. A good tutoring session!"
"Read the student's latest cuts. The student is making good progress -- his biggest issue right now are the word/character limits for his essays. It's very hard to say something important in 200 words, and that's where his struggle is. We've cut his original essays down by 1/3 and tomorrow I'm going to give him more notes so he can do another draft tomorrow evening."
"Today I met with this student for the first time. We spoke briefly about his situation, and he explained that we need to focus on his geometry and physics classes. This week we focused on physics to prepare for his test tomorrow on projectile motion, and he showed a significant improvement in his understanding of the subject."
"In a combination of a lecture and question and answer session, we reviewed the origins of WW2, the Japanese motives for attacking, the USA's reticence to join the war, the final solution, Hitler's mistake in attacking the USSR, the invention and use of the atom bomb, and the various theaters of the war."
"Today, I assigned the student a timed writing assignment. This time I decreased the amount of time allotted to complete the essay and asked that he choose a topic concerning his summer reading on American Colonies. He was able to complete the essay. After reading it, we discussed timed writing strategies. I will assign him another timed essay next week. I look forward to seeing how he does"
"During this session, we worked through the practice test that the student already had completed as a baseline for me. It was very clear that he was more comfortable with the verbal reasoning side of the test as opposed to the math. We spent most of our time on math, and then also talked about a vocabulary routine that he should begin in order to be better prepared for the test. He is very strong with English/vocabulary/etc., but I still think it would benefit him to be as familiar with the upper-level vocabulary as he can be. I think he understood most of his mistakes very well (particularly in the math section) and when he was unsure, he spoke up and asked me to explain the concepts again."
"We continued practicing the math and reading techniques for the Eleanor Roosevelt test. The student is practicing identifying words and phrases in the text so she can answer the reading questions accurately. She is also practicing multiplication techniques and reviewing math concepts from the book. We also discussed some things she can do to keep herself calm before and during the test."
"The student and I continued working with the normal model. Today was turning values on a normal distribution into z-scores as well as calculating the probability of another value falling into a range relative to some other value/z-score using a table. By the end, he demonstrated proficiency in the calculations; I will modify my strategies to try to balance conceptual understanding and problem-solving going forward."
"After brief introductions, we discussed about her expectations and goals. We first went over the student's PowerPoint slides covering tissue organization. During this, I explained each type in detail and I clarified certain doubts that she had to help her get a good picture of the topic. Then we focused on her exam 2 portions."
"Did a final review before the student takes the SAT on 1/26. We reviewed many of the questions from the early practice tests and I was amazed at how far he's come along over the last few months. I'm incredibly proud of the student's progress, especially with the essay writing and grammar. He also solved most of the hardest math problems in this session with relative ease, which is encouraging because he found them challenging the first time. He is making very few careless errors now and is consistent, both in his strengths and weaknesses. I hope that the vocabulary words he's been studying show up on the real test and that the reading passages interest him. With all luck, the student will achieve his best score yet."
"The student and I had another wonderful session tonight. We began our session by working on "clarity" in writing and making sure that you write sentences in a clear way that communicates your intended idea. We then did a reading comprehension exercise that opened up the discussion of working on a "message" and moving past surface details. We then did a writing exercise where he had to use a personal experience to communicate a message (his message was about making sure to help others). Overall, very good session!"
"We covered creating Taylor polynomials, identifying the Taylor expansion of various common functions, summation notation, and uses for Taylor expansion. There were no scores this session, and he wanted most help with substituting modifications into known Taylor expansions. I left him with the remainder of his homework to complete and have no concerns at this time."