Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we installed NetBeans for HTML5 programming and created a sample website for the student. I explained the basic fundamentals of the structure of an HTML site -- tags, attributes, .html files, .cuss files, and how to style whole groups of objects from a style sheet. I helped him build a table and modify it with a border feature, and I helped him import a special font from Google Fonts. I also walked him around some of the features of the copy of the site that I posted, showing him what I have done recently (I added a drop-down effect and fading page transitions), and how various structures are built. We haven't had time to get into the details of classes and IDs quite yet, but we'll be doing that next. If you can get me the root password for his computer, we'll also set up an Apache server to manage MySQL and we can post his website to the Internet for the world to see. We agreed to meet again on Friday at noon, unless something comes up. Have a nice evening!"
"We discussed a fair amount of mathematics for the student's Data Structures and Algorithms class. This was all motivated by one of her problem sets for the course. We started with making sense of the different order of growth classes for Big-O notation. We definitely made some real strides here, there were a few points of clarity that she didn't have before the session. Then, we transitioned into analyzing code to see what time complexity it actually had. Again, we had a pretty good improvement. We then discussed Horner's rule for evaluation polynomials, and we walked through the sample execution of the algorithm. Overall, I'd say it was a very productive session."
"The student is working on the NP complete problems. This subject requires graph theory and polynomial time, reduction, and examples. We are trying to prove Neighbor Safety Association problem is NP complete, also reduce SAT-3 to SAT-4. This is a really hard subject. The student is really good, confident and clear in contents."
"We took the student's good first draft and focused his thesis, developed an outline from that purpose statement, coordinated the new structure with his draft (for him to cut and paste before our session tomorrow), and boosted his confidence in the project. He is a technically-oriented person who just needed someone to ask pertinent questions and draw out his inner technical writer. He will revise and flesh out the outline we developed together."
"In this session, the student and I worked with more tools in the Microsoft Excel program. We practiced editing cell contents with such things as bold, underline, center, and cell format. We took a plain worksheet that I designed with some data inside and made it look much more like that sort of table should look. In our next session, we will continue to make this workbook better with graphs and charts."
"We worked more with the beginning tutorial of Unity and learning how to move game objects and reset cameras. We talked a lot about the interaction of scripts and game objects and how to organize programs."