Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did mostly Algebra today. We did go over her Latin sentences and we looked ahead at the next chapter. I think as we get closer to finals, there will be more to do, but an hour and a half should still be plenty of time."
"Worked on an essay on Jasper Johns' painting Ventriloquist. Went over requirements for the essay and talked a little bit about the painting. Also went online and found resources to use to begin the draft."
"The student was beginning proving information (including area and perimeter) about polygons, and was having a lot of trouble with in class. We worked a lot on several exercises he had worked on with his peers in class, but was not understanding. By the end of the session, he was definitely understanding how to take an oddly shaped polygon and split it into its more normally shaped parts- usually triangles and rectangles, and using these shapes to find the information that was needed."
"Yesterday, I met with the student and we discussed implicit differentiation. We went over the method and how it is done. She seemed to grasp the topic quickly and by the end of the session she showed that she knew what she was doing. At times, Lane gets a little careless with the algebra, but her calculus seems solid."
"Reviewed and corrected study sheets for upcoming test. Reviewed created study material performing self quizzes on definitions and equations. Performed practice problems in areas student felt weak. Student now has little trouble performing problems and defining terms that will be on the upcoming test."
"The student continued working on timed exercises, and she's consistently answering half of each section's questions correctly or very near half, which is where I'd like her to be. Again, this student is wonderful to work with, and I'm confident that she'll do well next Saturday."
"Great news today! The student made a 91.5 on her last Stat test, before the extra points! She's been working really hard and it's definitely paying off. Today we started working on her review. We covered chapter 1 and part of chapter 2, which involves describing variables and using measures of center and spread (median, mean, range, IQR, outliers) as well as organizational tools (boxplots, stem and leaf plots, histograms) to describe data."
"The student and I went over her practice tests that I had assigned her to do. She said that they were becoming easier because she can apply strategies from previous problems to them in order to help her. For the most part, her issues were more of minor mistakes than a gap in knowledge. Then we did a timed practice test section together. We calculated her score using the grid in the back, and she got a 620, which was 70 points higher than her goal! I assigned her two more sections to do before Friday, this time following the time rules."
"The student and I worked on practice SAT sections today: math, reading, and writing. In reading, we had several opportunities to work on a concept that's been tripping her up - big picture "primary purpose" questions about the reading passages. We talked about the trap of being too specific on these questions and how to focus on the larger themes of the passage instead. We also reviewed math and writing and discussed her scores on her most recent practice test."
"The student and I worked today on kinematic concepts. We primarily covered velocity, acceleration, and the process of free fall. We also went over acceleration and velocity graphs. She is becoming acclimated to our lessons and becoming more comfortable asking questions and admitting when she does not fully understand a concept."
"I introduced the student to the test and format. We worked through some vocabulary that will be important for her to learn, and discussed a plan for her to memorize a few definitions a day leading up to her test. We also worked through some practice reading and math passages and discussed that from now on, the student would work through problems on her own and come to me with problems that she was having."
"Today the student and I had our first session, and we covered the basics of probability, including mutually exclusive events, calculation of probabilities from frequencies, and probability with and without replacement. We worked on practice problems, and I worked through examples with her. We also did work with the correlation coefficient."