Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we covered material that the student's professor covered recently in class. The topics mainly revolved around introduction to heat, enthalpy, and Hess' Law. She recently had an exam, so she did not get a chance to cover the material on her own before attending lecture, so we spent our time covering the fundamental concepts before proceeding to practice problems. I think the key to understanding the concepts and some of the problems is to try to relate them to everyday circumstances. Finding examples from everyday life for new concepts can go a long way toward better understanding."
"The student was beginning to review for his final which is in two weeks, so we went back to the beginning with Chapter 1 and began working through problems from the Chapter Reviews, making sure he remembered how to solve all problems and any postulates and theorems from each section he had to remember. We will meet again Wednesday to continue reviewing for his final."
"The student was having some trouble with the difference between passive and active constructions, but he asked a lot of good questions about when he will know which is which. I also tested him on predicate adjectives. For our lesson, we covered appositives, the three types of participles, progressive and perfect tenses, and adverbial clauses. For example: given the same main clause, the student had to come up with one of each of the 5 types of adverbial clauses to attach to it."
"During this session, the student and I went over the basics of the SSAT. We worked on forming sentences to solve analogy problems and using process of elimination for difficult synonym problems. In addition, we worked through a passage and practiced referring to the passage to find the answers. Lastly, we began looking at some of the math concepts covered by the SSAT."
"The student and I worked to get him caught up with uniform circular motion. We talked about theory and also completed a worksheet that he had missed in class. We later completed a packet on projectiles. The student understood each of problems very well, he only needed assistance remembering some older math formulas, which I was able to help with."
"The student and I covered the elements and solved density problems. She had just gotten her mid chapter quiz back and noticed she had a problem with physical vs. chemical properties and pure substances vs mixtures, so we went over that as well."
"We covered a lot in terms of outlook and studying. I can help her with planning her academic schedule (English) and getting the most out of what she reads. Tomorrow when we meet, I will give her a more comprehensive reading list, as she is anxious to absorb more outside of her online course."
"We worked through the student's homework and did practice problems similar to those he had on his quiz the previous week. I had emailed his teacher to find out the best strategy and future lessons. She said it would be important for him to understand the solving of equations even through their unit now. I found an online resource that creates worksheets and we worked through those after finishing his homework."
"In the last session with the student, we completed section 7.7 of her algebra coursework dealing with the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of polynomial expressions. She did well and was able to complete all the questions on her own. In the next session, I will start introducing her to novel concepts in Algebra 2."
"We focused on reading and science. the student does well with the reading but he's missing key details in the reading passages and the questions hinge on them. Raising his score will hinge on locating key details in the passage, so I encouraged him to underline topic sentences and write 1-2 word summaries by each paragraph to make locating pertinent information easier. On the science, his accuracy is very high but he's still using too much time. He needs to work on moving through the questions more quickly."
"We practiced games (analytical reasoning), specifically drilled ordering games. Covered some differences between the diagramming approach I'm teaching her and that espoused by the prep book, with the advantages and disadvantages of each."
"In this session we worked on the preterite. We studied the structure for the preterite and the end patterns of regular verbs that end in -ar,-er, and -ir. Also, we practiced a few exercises in context. It was a productive session. It takes a little bit of time to get used to a new tense. The student is very hardworking and seemed to understand this new tense."