Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Studied for a test on writing thee equations of circles as well as finding angle measures and segment lengths in chords and line segments of circles. The student only seemed to have trouble with keeping her signs as well as squaring the radius in the end of completing the two squares."
"This session with the student focused on preparing for her upcoming Chemistry II test. She is feeling more confident about her problem solving skills and we worked on understanding the structure of the various types of equilibrium problems she might encounter."
"The student completed the English practice test online. Today, we finished reviewing the math and science diagnostic tests, and I assigned her the first two passages for math, reading, and science online prep tests. The student told me she would not have a lot of homework for the first two weeks of school, so she should be able to complete one hour of ACT homework in between our sessions."
"We worked solely on test prep this session. We reviewed perimeter and area for various polygons and the student demonstrated understanding of this concept through several practice problems. We also worked on vocabulary/synonyms and sentence completion questions. With his test exam being just three weeks away, we are now focusing on doing as many practice problems as possible before April 21st."
"Discussed the special types of chemicals called acids and bases. Specifically covered the Bronsted acid-base definition of the concept (which is the one the students class will concentrate on), and how we differentiate an acid or a base by their creation of hydrogen or hydroxide ions while in an aqueous solution. Discussed the concept of the pH scale, and its basic counterpart, the pOH scale - how they came about and that the numbers represent ion concentrations. Discussed some common strong acids and bases, and some weaker ones - vinegar, cola, soap and bleach, etc., and how these chemicals' acidic or basic properties are responsible for our use of them."
"We reviewed dividing decimals and practiced converting fractions with denominators as multiples of 10's to percentages. We worked on following steps and procedures to change decimals to percentages and vice versa."
"My seventh GRE tutoring session with the student went well. We started by reviewing the Quantitative questions that she had difficulty with on Practice Test 1. She answered most of the questions correctly, but she was challenged by averages, undefined variables, square roots, and coordinate geometry. As we solved the questions together, the student understood her mistakes and found the correct answers. We then reviewed the Verbal questions that challenged her on the practice test. I suggested specific strategies for Reading Comprehension and Text Completion questions, including noting key words and crossing out incorrect answer choices on the paper. For our next tutoring session, she will complete Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 in the GRE guide book she has."
"The student and I met for a GRE tutoring session. In this session we worked on number properties, as well as ratios. She picked up ratios fairly quickly. Overall we have made tremendous progress with the math sections, and the improvement is already evident. We also worked a bit on verbal. She is already well prepared for the test."
"Today, we peer reviewed the Analyze an Argument essay in order to analyze both students' strengths and weaknesses. Then, we discussed the Analyze an Issue essay, discussing how to brainstorm topics rapidly. Finally, we began to go through their most recent practice test results, correcting wrong questions and continuing to discuss strategy."
"I graded two essays that the student wrote. She is getting better and we went over some ideas for improving the depth of her reasoning a bit. We then practiced some of the more difficult math problems and I went over the strategies for solving each."
"During our last meeting, the student and I spent some time going through the properties of exponents and rules for manipulating them to solve problems. We reviewed those rules once again, since they are difficult to keep straight, and then tried several practice problems to get an understand of how the properties of exponents are applied to the GRE. The student's accuracy and confidence in approaching these problem types increased dramatically as he worked. When he felt secure in how to work with exponents, we also looked over the rules for manipulating and simplifying square roots; he successfully completed several square root problems as well."
"He finished all of his science quizzes from Chapter 2 and went over the incorrect questions from his practice test. He continues to improve and I was impressed by his Verbal and Reading sections. His math is getting better each week."