Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for her Algebra 2 quiz tomorrow over 2.4, 2.5, and 2.6. We went through her review packet as well as some practice problems on using point-slope form, graphing inequalities, and transformations."
"The student was working on vocabulary relating to household rooms and amenities, so I helped him make flashcards. After making flashcards, we practiced these words and I helped the student come up with various ways to remember the various vocabulary words. By the end of our session, he showed an excellent understanding of the vocabulary words and could name every room in a house, along with many of the amenities."
"The student has a quiz tomorrow in his Chemistry class and so we were able to review and prepare for that quiz as well as review little bits of Biology. In Chemistry we went over a worksheet that the student had done in class and made sure that he understood all the answers. We discussed the hydrogen emission spectrum and what it displays. We talked about relative atomic mass and also Carbon dating. In Biology we went over a list of objectives that the teacher expects them to learn through the class. We discussed proteins, amino acids, lipids, and carbohydrates."
"The session was focused on the student's pre cal homework, where we were dealing with transformations of parent functions. Given the graph of a function, a critical point and one contained point, she had to name the parent function and give the new equation. I gave this session four stars because it was productive, but there was debate over whether or not complex numbers should have been used in her answers."
"We reviewed the student's first Biostats assignment. I showed her how to do different kinds of t-tests with SPSS, as well as how to do a histogram, and how to fetch different kinds of descriptive statistics using SPSS."
"The student and I worked mainly on English (reading, vocabulary) and math (parallel/perpendicular lines, angles, triangles, ratios/proportions). We explored new ways of learning vocabulary, such as using flashcards, picture associations, color coordinating and self-reading techniques. She seemed to do well with the new strategies."
"The student's GRE is Thursday, so we worked on the essay section, focusing mostly on the "analyze an issue" portion since he was struggling the most with that. We worked on brainstorming for this section and worked towards building a stronger outline and structure for him to build on. He works great in the structure that analyzing an argument provides, so we tried to extend that same structure into the issue portion. I think he's feeling confident after our work together, hopefully he can take that confidence and bring it with him into the exam room. "
"Topics centered on Descartes Coordinate geometry, proof of non-parallel intersecting lines, and proof of 3 non-linear points ALWAYS describe a circle. Progress was made in assumption modeling. Additional sessions will seek to increase familiarity and confidence with such assumptions as well as known theorems and postulates."
"Derived summary statistics for groups of sample data. Tested hypotheses of similarity and difference using the Students-t statistic. Discussed the concepts of summed squared error and linear regression. Derived r-squared and mean squared error statistics from univariate linear regression."
"Reviewed VSEPR theory and introduced the concepts of electronic domains and electronic configurations. Related these configurations to spatial arrangement of electrons and atoms; emphasized the impact of different electronic configurations on bond angles."
"The student reported a lot of difficulty with both logic games and analytical reasoning. For logic games, the difficulty seems to come from not yet knowing how to approach different game types. We worked on some grouping and hybrid games, and she caught on very quickly. With analytical reasoning, the student has some trouble identifying the underlying logic of the passage. I showed her several different ways of pinpointing and representing the logic, including the use of sets. Using sets did not come very intuitively to her, and she prefers to stick with reducing the passages to logical operators as much as possible. We worked on that, but she continues to struggle a bit. She will take a couple of timed practice tests before next time."
"We focused on vectors and directional problems, and she worked through homework problems, as well as a free response question. She had some trouble with some of the vector problems, but after giving her a different perspective, she seemed to be able to handle them."