Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over several slides that her professor assigned to her. We started with an introduction, then went on to the basics of processing, and finally we reviewed several examples. She did a great job and was following along well. She asked several good questions, which I explained to her."
"This was the first meeting with the student, so we started off discussing primary goals for the tutoring. She is taking Operating Systems, Computer Networking, and Data Structures, so she would like to discuss whatever problems may arise during the natural flow of the course. We can also discuss supplementary concepts that seem to be helpful. The student seems very eager to learn, and seems to have a good grasp on most of the material. For the bulk of today, we talked about her Operating Systems course. I explained to her what the Git Version Control System is and why it is useful. I also helped illuminate what virtual machines are, and how they can be run on physical machines. After this, we dug into specific questions from her Networking and OS courses, particularly focusing on OS. We walked through the hardware components necessary for instruction processing, and then got to memory bandwidth. This will be the first topic we cover at our next meeting. However, the clear win was the improved understanding on version control and virtual machines, which will be directly useful for her first lab for the course."
"The student and I worked through some of the basics of the CSS language, including looking at a few different ways CSS connects to HTML elements; discussing the difference between elements, IDs, and classes; and covering the basics of CSS background rules, text rules, and fonts. We also looked at a couple of online resources. He will be meeting tomorrow regarding the scope of the web project, and so will have a clearer ideas of what is tasks are, at which point we can be more direct in pursuing specific goals for the project."
"We began with a review of the topics we went over last week. We then did a continuation of what we started previously, building off of our information about zipping files and practicing zipping them and attaching them to emails. After that was mastered, we adjusted some email settings and learned about different types of files (JPEGs and PDFs). We practiced printing and scanning, as well as doing some basic printer troubleshooting with the help of Google. The student has expressed interest in learning Microsoft Office so that she will have that knowledge if needed for her career. I will be going over Word and Excel with her next week."
"The student and I talked about different games that he enjoys and is familiar with. We also discussed what his class will be like next semester and a little about the class he's taking in 3D modeling right now. We then started to work our way through the first basic tutorial of Unity, called Roll-a-Ball, to get familiar with all the basic functions of the program."
"These two sessions were devoted to working through a solution for an n-queens problem. We re-worked an algorithm that was patched together by the student and a helper. He did understand the algorithm by the time we were done."