Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In the past week, the student did a full-length practice exam and worked through a couple of test prep sections. We went over the results of her full-length exam, and then reviewed the topics/questions that she had trouble with on them. We then started the organic chemistry book, as well as worked on some biology together."
"We studied electrostatics and circuits. In electrostatics, we covered Coulomb's Law and the relationship between electric field and electric potential. In circuits, we covered Ohm's Law and solving problems involving series and parallel circuits. The student improved at recognizing the relevant formulas and being able to apply them to specific problems."
"The student and I spent the first part of our session discussing his writing course, his current professor, his high school writing training, and his comments on his first college paper. After determining that his biggest goals are to improve the structure and logical flow of his essays, we looked at the first draft of his paper, which is due next Thursday. As I read the paper to give written feedback, I had the student work on a writing exercise to help him continue trying to articulate an argument. Then, we shared our work, discussing the scenes that affected him most from the play and then honing in on passages to do close reading. I left him with a writing assignment to be completed before our next session on the weekend: to gather all the passages in the play that mention any terms related to his topic of concentration: visions, eyesight, and blindness."
"Today we discussed reading ideas and how to find the author's purpose for writing a story. The student read aloud as I listened for her pronunciation. She practiced multiplication equations, worked out math word problems, and simplified fractions."
"Student has another test on tomorrow, so we met today to work through some review for the test. As noted in previous logs, student has shown a lot of improvement in math and has also shown an aptitude for the type of problems she will be tested on tomorrow. Working through our review, however, I noticed that she is still having major difficulty with some of the fundamentals: factoring, simple power operations, and rational numbers. I am introducing some additional work for her to complete to help boost these skills for future exams. She is doing very well and I foresee continued improvement."
"We went over the student's recent test and went over finding square roots, the Pythagorean theorem, volume and area of different shapes, and how to find surface area. We talked about when to use the Pythagorean theorem and how to recognize those instances. We came up with ways to remember the area and volume formulas. Then we went through about six problems from a practice exam. "
"We worked on the student's homework, which were word problems that used the Pythagorean theorem. We then worked on the problem he will have to present tomorrow, and then he practiced presenting. Finally, we spent the last 20 minutes previewing tomorrow's lesson. He has a good grasp of this chapter's concepts."
"First, I played the student the audio of TS Eliot reading 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and continued our discussion on poetry and reality. We then moved to more synonym exercises, of which he did much better on. Now that he realizes he has to take time (but not simultaneously over think things). I think he's going to do much better on verbal. Next, we focused on math word problems, as most students find those to be the trickiest. He did well, though a few problems' wording did trip him up. Since we're exactly two months away from his test, I'm going to start focusing solely on test problems and practice exams, with longer periods of concentration."
"The student and I looked back on his IMF/electrochemistry test as a way of reviewing for his upcoming cumulative exam. We also went over molecular geometries in the context of hybrid orbitals, previewing what he would see in class this week."
"We spent half the time on Spanish, reviewing the conjugation of stem-changing verbs in the present tense. She then composed sentences for each of the conjugations. We then worked on some fundamental grammar concepts and using descriptive words to create more vivid imagery in her writing."
"We did a lot during this session. We completed her homework assignment and reviewed some of the procedures for doing statistical analysis. Her midterm exam is in a few weeks and we will hopefully be on track to review a lot of the material in the next week."
"Went through his homework, step by step, explaining core concepts over potential and kinetic energy. He is to write out all the equations and the general form of the problems for that chapter."