Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Final session with the student. Still scoring in the 27-29 range. Reviewed her strategies for the overall test, what test day would look like, practiced using a watch on her wrist, and reviewed science. Very hopeful of 28-30."
"Calculus. Prepared for Tuesday's exam on sketching functions: intercepts, asymptotes, where the function is increasing/decreasing (first derivative, critical points), and where the function is concave up/down (second derivative, inflection points)."
"Student 1 went first and was very focused and cooperative. We did an alphabet puzzle where she learned to pronounce letters in French and a "contraires" puzzle that taught her opposites like "grand" and "petit", "ouvert" and "ferme", "propre" and "sale", "jeune" and "vieux" etc. We also read through two different French books. She was particularly great at repeating the French with proper pronunciation. She seemed very committed this week. Student 2 correctly identified all of the "contraires" and recited the French alphabet (needed some extra practice on R through Z). He spent a little time building "maisons" for his dragons, using some French. We finished the hour by reading through a book about lions and giraffes, which he seemed to enjoy."
"The student and I focused on how to write formal essays dealing with professional topics. I gave him a list of words that would help her in the construction of her essay and she is integrating them into her writing. For the next few sessions, I am going to have a stronger focus on reading practices. I feel like he has improved significantly and will pass the next assessment."
"The student and I covered the Geometry homework of using Pythagorean Theorem, its converse and contrapositive. We looked ahead to the coordinate geometry and the basis of the distance formula. We reviewed Chapter 6 in the Chemistry text with a focus on dipoles, resonance, and hydrogen bonds. His homework assignment for me is that he outline the information in Chapter 6 of Chemistry."
"The student and I had a great session today. We worked on chapter 6 section 6 and completed his homework. This dealt generally with using y = mx + b (chapter deals with slope and equations of lines). He did well overall. He needs to make sure that he really focuses on word problems and can determine what each number represents. Overall, very productive session!"
"In my first session with the student, we worked on preparing him for his next French quiz based on the "skeleton" provided by his professor. I also discussed the importance of hearing a bit of French each day and recommended that he pick some favorite French musicians and repeat his favorite songs."
"We covered molecular orbital diagrams, noble gas notation for molecular orbitals, and how to calculate the energy, frequency, and wavelength of photons released during a change in electron energy levels."
"Started with a short review. More radical work today, so I will forgo radical review until later in the evening. We began working with the idea of functions, substituting in values for x in f(x) problems. This idea seemed to come rather easily to the student. He still struggles with simplifying exponentials and perfect powers inside radicals. We did some problems involving domains of radical functions. This is always difficult for students, since domains are rather abstract and can be case-specific. We spent the majority of our time working through these types of problems. He made phenomenal progress toward the end of our session."
"SAT writing/essay prompts, brainstorming, time management, outline, topic sentences, body, conclusion, math problems (primarily algebraic word problems), vocabulary review: sentence completion questions."
"This session we mostly worked on Latin, as the student was going to be tested on a translation passage from his homework. We worked through the whole passage, which I hope will help combined with more reviewing of the passage on his own. Finally, I briefly looked over his Great Gatsby paper, making some suggestions as I read."
"We are continuing to prepare the student for her final. This session we covered the structure of DNA, RNA, how DNA is replicated, the structure of a ribosome, gene mutations, virus structure, zygote development, germ layers, development, gastrulation, and Hox genes. She seemed to remember a lot of the information and did very well in our review. She didn't have any significant issues, and I think she will continue to excel with this material."