Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we continued our discussion of trig substitutions in integrals. The students both seemed to become familiar with the sin and cos substitutions and we discussed when a (sin) or a (sin squared) substitution would be more useful. We went in depth into the sec and tan functions, as these are generally more difficult to understand."
"We went over several questions that the student had about the material which will be on her quiz tomorrow. We talked about the first and second derivative tests and other ways that a function relates to its derivatives. We schedules for next Thursday at 3:30."
"Today the student and I focused on the math section of the placement test. We went over the questions she got wrong or didn't understand that she had completed. She scored a 25 on the section, which is good. We also briefly discussed all four sections, because we will be going through all four sections tomorrow at our last meeting before her test on Saturday."
"The student and I reviewed English test 1, passage I of English test 3, and passages I,III, and IV (he had already done II with a previous tutor) of science test 3. He is taking the test tomorrow and again in June. He seems to be improving. We are working on slowing down his pace and will continue to do this as we head into the June test."
"Reviewed completed essay assignments for English class. Researched, edited, and rewrote final essay in newspaper front page format for final assignment. Included researched images, history in the time of 17th century Italy. Prepped for final exam."
"The student did a practice SAT critical reading section over the weekend. More practice should improve his answers and help him move through the test faster, along with building up his vocabulary so that the sentence completions go quicker. We also spent some time working on his essay, and organized it into a fairly coherent outline. Now his job is to fill in the details, then we can go back over it for content and fluidity."
"After checking the practice ACT Math test I had the student do, we were delighted to find that he scored a 29 for the section. Most of his mistakes were minor and easily avoidable in the future. We then moved on to review the ACT English test."
"The student took his weekly online quiz and scored a 100%. The course is becoming more math-intensive with unit conversions (calculating molar mass, converting grams/atoms to moles, % yield, etc.), so I encouraged him to practice these calculations by doing lots of homework problems. In preparation for his upcoming midterm, we also reviewed the first three chapters and I made sure that he was familiar with both the qualitative and quantitative concepts. He now has a strong understanding of chemical/physical properties, significant figures, scientific notation, and atomic number/mass."
"Today the student and I started right away working on the essay I had assigned for homework last time. I asked him to take the "thought bubbles" (visual structure intended to help him organize his thoughts before writing) and turn that into a bullet point outline of his essay, and finally write the complete essay. We worked to straighten out some of his essay, concentrating on linking words and sentence structure. Once I pointed out the correct direction to take his thoughts he was able to fill in the rest, and so we are working to get to the point he can do this by himself."
"The student had new vocabulary and practice with the future tense. We went over it and he is feeling more confident."
"We did a review of basic multiplication, subtraction, and word problems with addition and subtraction. We worked on two pages of homework in multiplication. We then did multiplication flash cards and also vocabulary flash cards."
"The student reviewed all of the short vowel sounds and consonant sounds. He has improved dramatically in this area. One letter sound that he is still struggling with is the /y/ sound. He is confusing /w/ and /y/- we will continue to do more work with these two sounds next week. The student read his new book with a lot more ease than he has read new books with in the past. Great session!"