Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through an online practice quiz. Main topic included how to find the vertex, the axis of symmetry, and the minimum or maximum. We also discussed how to alter the equation such that it is in vertex vs. binomial form."
"Today we went over a test review. The test will cover a lot of material: trig identities, parametric equations, formulas for: circles, hyperbolas, ellipses, inequalities, and much more. We discussed all of the different questions and formulas, and overall I think she should do well. There is quite a bit of information and a lot of formulas and identities to remember. We put together a stack of notes and example problems for her to go over again before the test, and she will highlight the material and formulas that she thinks she needs more practice on. After her reviewing and studying a little more, I think she should do fine."
"We went over an essay exam in history that the student plans to revise. I pointed out places where he could add examples, as his teacher requested. We discussed his approach to timed writing and I suggested strategies for reading assignments and brainstorming before outlining, to help him plan more efficiently for future exams and devote more time to writing and revising."
"The student and I began our SAT extravaganza! I began our session with the Verbal section, asking her to read, to annotate, and to answer Critical Reading Passages and questions. She did well, indicating that her critical reading skills are stronger than I had anticipated. We're working on getting her to take math questions piece-by-piece. We finished with the Writing section, working on Identifying Sentence Errors and the essay."
"Today the student and I spent the entire lesson on Physics material. The student did a great job gaining a better understanding for the topics of Newtonian mechanics and kinematics. During the lesson, we focused in on algebraic and geometric manipulations to make the problems more intuitive and quicker to solve, which is necessary on test day. The student made great progress. I assigned him specific problems in both physics and general chemistry this week for us to make sure he gets more practice in these types of problems. "
"Upon the suggestion of her other tutor, the student and I continued working on her long vocabulary list. I gave her definitions and had her come up with sentences for each word so that she could understand its meaning. We then reviewed the old words she had studied and played a review game at the end."
"The student and I focused on her homework problems for the last two days. We reviewed her current homework on ratios with ease but when we moved backwards to work on problems from a make-up assignment, the student had a little difficulty. Not only did some of the homework assignments involve ratios; they also included creating and manipulating multiple equations at one time. We finished the majority of the assignment in our allotted time but did not quite get through the entire assignment."
"Today, we went over different units and metric/English conversion to help her with math word problems and graph reading. We also covered how we're going to budget our remaining time in order to finish preparing for the test in a hurry. Then, we did some practice quizzes online to get used to a non-paper format. I expect that her score on the math section will improve rapidly. She is taking a pre-test this weekend. She struggles sometimes with test-level vocabulary, so we discussed tips on deciphering the meanings of words from context or prefixes/suffixes so that she'll have tools for elimination if she can't select the right answer outright."
"Today we wrapped up our tutoring sessions. We finished studying for the student's test. She takes her test tomorrow. We completed a general overview of all the different math concepts, and then reviewed the general test-taking strategies that will be helpful on the test."
"In our first session, we introduced Mendelian genetics and the ratios involved in independently inherited genes. He seemed very interested in the material. In our second session, we worked through a worksheet on monohybrid Punnett squares. We also worked through two separate worksheets on using trigonometric identities (sine, cosine, tangent) to identify triangles. Once he remembered which identity was which, he had no problem getting the answer. I also checked some of his previous slope-intercept work."
"Today I met with the student to continue our coverage of optics. We reviewed ray tracing and reflection and transitioned into refraction / lenses. Covering lenses proved quick work, and the student got some exposure to ray tracing. We then worked through the problems at the end of the chapter, which she answered with ease. Next week we'll meet for our last session of the summer, during which we'll cover the chapter on physical optics - i.e. the wave properties of optics."
"The student and I worked through a written practice exam in preparation for her final. It started with basic definitions of quantitative versus qualitative variables, inferential versus descriptive statistics, then means, medians, modes, standard deviations, and the five number summary. We will continue to work through the exam in our next session."