Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we concentrated on the reading section. The student did each passage and then we went over the passage together, checked his answers, and talked about what to look for in the paragraph when doing inference questions."
"Both students are working on Pre Algebra and Algebra. Student 1 is studying dependent and independent variables, and student 2 is covering inequalities and solving inequalities. Student 2 had her class notes, worksheets, previous tests, etc. with her. Student 1 only had one document--it appeared to be an old test review. Student 2 has the fundamentals down--the mistakes she made on her tests were likely due to getting in a hurry."
"The student and I worked on coterminal angles, complementary and supplementary angles, trig identities and projectile motion. She seems to grasp the trigonometry pretty easily, but the physics she needs more work on. She understands the physics, but simply needs more practice."
"We worked with exponential and logarithm functions, focusing on the fact that they are inverses of each other and being able to solve equations using them. The student got better at understanding the rules of exponents and logarithms and being able to use those rules."
"The student and I started her biology exam review sheet. We talked about alternation of generations, germ layers & development, pedigrees, and Punnett squares. She had trouble remembering how to do Punnett Squares, so we discussed that in more detail. She got 100% on her last biology test!"
"The SAT went well apparently, so that is good news. It seems like science will have to be our biggest focus for the ACT- the English section went really well, science was a little tougher, and math is already pretty good."
"The student has a physics test on Tuesday so we spent today's session preparing for that. He had a review packet as well as some homework. The focus of what we did was on force, acceleration, mass, weight, gravity, free body diagrams, types of forces (friction, buoyant, cohesive...), etc. He had the math section down pretty well so we spent most of the time working on the conceptual stuff."
"The student and I met at a coffee shop instead of her home. We reviewed for her chemistry exam. Together, we worked to understand how her teacher words the questions. She understands electron configuration well but needed some help and practice with orbital diagrams and questions regarding energy and light."
"The student and I continued to work on both geometry and chemistry. We began the lesson with geometry and went over a worksheet assigned for hw. It asked students to find the missing of angle(s) of parallel lines bisected at an angle. The student was, again, very quick with mental math. When we went over each question in a slower fashion, combining geometry and algebra with a fair dose of mental math, the step-wise approach always yielded good results. During the second part of the lesson, we turned our attention to chemistry. The student was preparing for his common assessment. We spent a fair amount of time solving dissociation problems and finding the pH of different solutions. The student was lost conceptually and we went over logarithmic scales and strong acids."
"We reviewed vocabulary. We also reviewed math homework and did an arithmetic review of last week and worked through additional question types. We reviewed the writing homework and introduced Error ID questions. The student's intuitions about the grammar questions are very good, so instead of encouraging him to relearn in a formalized way what he already knows, for this we'll just focus on the specific problem types he isn't already prepared for."
"The student and I resumed our normal work on his algebra this week. We started chapter 9.1, which teaches the midpoint and distance formulas. I took him through the lesson in the book briefly before starting our practice problems. I also had him write down the formulas several times to help him remember."
"We covered reactions involving aromatic compounds. The student practiced some problems and we reviewed underlying concepts. She quickly picked up the main ideas and easily completed the rest of the problems."