Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"| and I worked on his latest homework assignment, which covered multi-variable calculus. The homework problems covered material related to taking derivatives of equations with 2 variables and finding the derivative with respect to the requested variable. He had no difficulty with the material itself and made minimal errors."
"The student and I got a lot of work done tonight- first some math, then a paragraph in his book (about being a tiger on the moon), and finally we did a little bit of reading."
"The student and I started the session today with some reading. The student read a couple short stories; after each, she summarized it, and then answered several multiple choice questions. She also answered a couple short answer questions, which we have not done in a while. She did a great job with all of the reading activities! We then moved on to multiplication practice, and again, the student did a great job! She completed 4 of the 5 sets of 50 problems in under 2 minutes with 100% correct. Her practice is definitely showing!"
"Student 1 is remembering Chinese a lot better than Student 2 is; however, I try to spend more time working on each phrase or character with Student 2. They should try to use Chinese as much as they can even when not doing their homework. I am teaching them very useful phrases and vocabulary, which should help that process. They will be able to finish the current textbook by early August. The most important thing to learning a new language is to use it even after the lessons."
"The student and I had a very productive session today. We started into general chemistry and she has a good foundation of which to build off of. Topics we were able to cover today included the atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds (ionic and covalent), and we talked about phases and phase changes. We were able to move pretty quickly through some of the material as she already knew a lot of it. This gave us time to stop and focus on, what I feel, is some of the more important topics (knowing all the periodic trends, knowing the differences between bond types, knowing hybridization and shapes, knowing how to draw resonance structures and why resonance is important, and the ideal gas law)."
"The student has an Asia map quiz and an essay exam tomorrow. I had him take a practice test and he was able to name all of the countries except for two that he had switched, so he should do well on his test tomorrow. For his essay, we pulled some good examples from the book and I emphasized the importance of citing page numbers, using/explaining quotes, and explaining their relevance to his argument. We worked through his problem-solving journal as well, but I would like to go over it before he turns it in. Will have to ask him to send it to me tomorrow night."
"The student and I reviewed his reading assignments, using Wall Street Journal articles to mark unknown vocabulary. We reviewed more sentence correction issues, focusing on building his recognition of patterns of grammatical errors (Subject-Object, Subject-Verb disagreement, idiomatic expressions). We also worked on diagramming sentences to build his awareness of verb tenses, as well as continuing our vocabulary review through the list of common roots and prefixes I made for him. His enthusiasm and evident improvement augur well for his test results in March!"
"We started this session by reviewing the linear set-ups the student completed on her own. We practiced recognizing how to link rules together to make bigger rules and how to apply the impact of certain rules on the games to make bigger rules and restrictions. One of the most important things we practiced was creating multiple set-ups when only a few possibilities exist for a game. We then went on to work through three different full linear games together. I assisted the student with the set-ups and deductions. She did a great job and picked up everything quickly. The student needs to complete the rest of these types of games before our next session so we can together and then move on to grouping games."
"The student and I completed and reviewed practice logical reasoning, and practice logic games, sections. He did very well on logic games. His logical reasoning score was down and we discussed strategies on how to pick up on key details for him."
"I provided an overview of the exam sections, including time management advice. Then I administered a mini exam to highlight strengths and weaknesses. The student progressed with her understanding of the logic games section. I followed the same structure and lesson with the other student."
"Worked on logic games problems from the test prep book. Showed the student how to test "must be true" and "could be true" answers. Will do some reading comprehension and logical argument problems next session."
"The student has had some trouble with physics, so this time I brought my old physics textbook. I have an answer key to it, so we did some practice from that book. We went over an old quiz and moved on to capacitors."