Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Helped the student prepare for the non-calculator portion of his final exam. He was able to recall much of the info needed easily and should be in very good shape for his exam. Unfortuntely, the school has already collected back his text book, which doesn't make any sense, but we powered through."
"During this session, we made major revisions to the student's college admissions essays. We cut parts of the essays to shorten the length and added in additional key points related to the prompt. I also assisted her with editing minor errors in grammar and punctuation."
"The student and I continued to review for his final in Chemistry, spending some more time on acid/base reactions. We also covered colligative properties, and I helped him prepare a small note card that he can use as a cheat sheet on the test."
"We began studying for an upcoming biology test and focused mainly on the steps of cellular respiration and ATP production. We talked about the concepts and memorization, such as realizing that '2' is a common number of molecules produced in each step, and that the product of one step becomes the reactant of the next."
"Learned the physics behind torque and how it relates to force. Worked on two torque problems to ensure understanding of the problem solving steps. We also worked on the concept of static equilibrium and I explained how forces balance out under equilibrium conditions. I introduced Hooke's Law and Spring physics and will continue with pendulum motion next time."
"We began with a set of ten new vocabulary words and fill-in-the-blank sentences to review their meanings. We then moved on to a short critical reading passage and a set of questions. After discussing the unfamiliar words in the passage, she was able to work through the questions with little help. In the last fifteen minutes of our session, we began reading a more complicated critical reading passage, which we will continue to work on together next week."
"Covered chemical reaction types (ionic, molecular, acid/base), electron configuration and chemical reaction type prediction, balancing equations, and reviewing class work and homework in depth. Covered arc length equations, linear velocity, angular velocity, and how to interpret test questions."
"Today the student and I reviewed an old algebra test and quiz that she had covering the law of exponents and the long division of polynomials. After brief explanation and practice, she picked up very quickly and breezed through the problems that she had previously gotten incorrect. If she gets to re-test, I believe she will perform very well as she felt much more comfortable with the material by the time we were done. We then switched to chemistry. We looked at the different laws governing gaseous behavior and looked specifically at the ideal gas law. I found problems in the book for her to practice and she had no issues."
"We began by covering an essay I had assigned for homework. The student did very well on this assignment and hit all the main points on her first go. She had a couple structural issues, but we reviewed ACT format and I think she will continue to improve here. We also covered a math section and she continues to get many right."
"The student and I focused on vocabulary by learning individual words as well as prefixes and suffixes and roots. He does very well."
"The student and I worked on circular geometry, solving problems involving tangents, chords, segments, arcs, and sectors. We worked primarily on the 'C' problems from the textbook in preparation for the test on those problems."
"First meeting with the student went well. I reviewed reports from online test prep to determine where we should start. He needs help with his writing; specifically, keeping writing focused on topic, using references from text, and understanding what is important to include in his writing. He has the basic skills so I don't think at this point we will have to review much grammar, but will include it in our lessons as we move forward if there is a need. He and I began reading Coretta Scott King's "Montgomery Bus Boycott" and worked on developing a topic sentence for a persuasive essay. For next session, He will finish reading Ms. Kings' essay and he will define 10 vocabulary words and write sentences noting the part of speech for each word."