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Academic Tutoring in Buffalo, NY
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement. We help students achieve their full academic potential by connecting them with brilliant tutors who understand how to transfer the exact practical skills and knowledge necessary to achieve superior academic performance. Tutors teach the right material, not just more material. Tutoring is highly individualized and based upon the needs of each student, and focus is given to classroom material and the reinforcement of fundamental concepts.
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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
We worked on a quiz. Also, I helped the student prepare and gather information for a paper due Friday.
We continue to work on the student's speed on math facts. We also previewed area of a parallelogram which is the next topic he is covering in his math class. He is very detailed in his explanation of his understanding of math concepts. He also shared with me about the Poetry Slam and science experiments he has been doing.
We covered different kinds of hypothesis tests and how to construct confidence intervals. In our next session, we will create a strategy for approaching the problems during the exam.
Today was our first session since the student went back to school. She showed me what they had worked on in class, and told me that she tested into the 8th+9th grade algebra class. Yay! So glad all our summer work paid off. So we spent the session working on box and whisker plots and quartiles since that is what they started with in class. We discussed maybe getting her a 9th grade workbook so we can get a jump start on the harder material on days when she doesn't need help with class concepts or homework. Overall she did great!
Today we focused our session on new material regarding kinetics. Before we got into it, however, I was informed that the student received an 83 on his previous exam, apparently one of the higher scores. It sounds like the course overall is a difficult one for most of the students, but that also means we still have some room to improve. I'm hoping we'll be able to do just that with this next unit. He admitted he was unsure about several of the main concepts of kinetics; mainly knowing what all the terms meant and how they were related. Fortunately, I was able to clarify them with drawings, examples, and referencing some of the student's class notes while explaining mechanisms, rate laws, catalysts/ intermediates, and molecularity. After a brief review of all those topics, we were able to put them into practice by completing some of his homework assignment on kinetics. We were even able to work ahead and discuss a couple related topics that had not been covered in class yet (order of reactions, endo/ exothermic definitions). We rounded off a very productive session by utilizing a few questions from the online question bank to reaffirm his understanding of activation energy and the molecular kinetic model. I was pleased with how well he seemed to take to the material after I explained it, and was able to quickly identify the roles of different molecules once they were defined for him. I'm looking forward to our next session.
The student and I discussed how rigidity and rotation can be understood in mechanisms problems. We spent time analyzing geometry of mechanisms, working together to determine exact configurations of rigid components and various constraining features of the problem.
We reviewed naming compounds and mass and molar composition and solved various problems related to mass and molar composition. I provided a few strategies to complement the instructor's method of teaching chemistry. The student is very quick and understands concepts easily. She is following the direction of her instructor and in the next two sections we will drill down on the study guide for her upcoming exam.
We went over how to draw Lewis structures with various molecules. The student's professor used a circle and X method to differentiate between electrons. I clearly explained this to her and showed her how bonds were created, which she understood by the end of the session. Afterwards, we went over solubility rules and net ionic equations.
The student and I worked on circumference, radius, and diameter this session and also spent about half of our time doing test prep. He stayed very focused throughout the session and did not have trouble with either topic we covered. He still needs to work on showing his work (even when it is not required), because this helps him catch the few mistakes he does make!
In today's session we reviewed for the student's exam tomorrow on properties of integration. This mostly consisted of problems that dealt with finding the volumes of solids as well as their cross sectional areas. He does need to review this some more, but he is able to complete most of the problems on his own. Of the two topics, he struggles more with cross sectional areas- particularly finding the area before integration takes place. I suggested that he practice these more before his exam. We also worked on a section that concerned real life applications to volume and cross sectional area problems. I am going to look into these problems some more and we will practice them more together tomorrow.
We continued to address algebraic manipulation and adding and subtracting fractions. The student has shown tremendous progress over our last few session; she really seems to understand the material now. We ended the session by reviewing the material she had been working on before her winter break so that she'll be ready to go when school starts.
We will focus on three main areas of writing: vocabulary, grammar, and organization. I gave the student a vocabulary sheet at 9th-grade level, and we will do 20 words per session. I also gave her a grammar reference, because her inclination toward science makes it much easier for her to understand and apply concepts that have specific rules. We also went over how to write a catchy lead.