Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student has just taken his midterm exam earlier in the day and he did not have homework to work on, so we reviewed some concepts and problems from the latest section in the book and previewed the next section. We worked on problems relating to vertical asymptotes, horizontal asymptotes, rate of change, and end behavior of functions. He had the most difficulty with understanding what properties of a function lead to horizontal asymptotes, but I feel that he had a strong grasp on the subject by the end of the session. I'm confident that he did well on his latest exam."
"The student has a chemistry test tomorrow, so we spent most of today's session going over the practice problems that his teacher gave him. The test looks like it will mainly cover identifying and balancing chemical equations. He was doing well during our session; I would just recommend to continue practicing to help memorize the chemicals in the formulas."
"Reviewed formulas using master list given to the student. Reviewed problem solution that was problematic at last session. Continued with working through solutions to questions missed in the practice tests. Assigned formula review and Math Practice Test 5 for next session---She will adhere to official time limit this testing."
"The student and I first went over trig identities, unit circle etc. From not having seen much of the material before, she didn't seem to struggle too much with it at all. She seemed to really understand the unit circle after I taught her how to draw it. After doing math, we went over some of her physics homework, which covered projectile motion. Although she at first didn't quite understand how to do these problems, after explaining it to her and solving the problems she seemed to understand it well. With a bit more practice, she'll be doing really well."
"Reviewed more arithmetic with radicals and started to go through a diagnostic test in her book to assess what topics she needs work on to prepare for the exam, which turns out to be much of the fundamentals. I assigned her the entire first chapter of the book to read carefully on her own as well as the accompanying problems of each lesson to do as homework."
"Today we covered items in spelling, writing, phonics and reading comprehension. The student seems to be doing well and he is really trying. We will continue to work on different components of language arts, and we will also work on improving his handwriting."
"I taught the student about slope-intercept and linear graphs, and we also practiced more operations with polynomials. We also worked on translating word problems into algebraic expressions, as well as substituting a given number into an algebraic expression. He will take a practice test this weekend. In next week's session (the last session), we will go over any topics he has trouble with."
"This week the student has no school because of the break, but we still went over some trigonometric functions and how to graph them. We used the method of taking the critical values of sine and cosine and then transforming them as appropriate. I tried to point out some short cuts, but he likes to just fill out the whole table which works."
"The student and I continued with the SSAT preparation program I've established in previous sessions, and today, it was obvious that the student has improved a great deal, especially in mathematics. Whereas before, he had only answered 10 out of 50 questions correctly, he answered 16 out of 25 questions correctly during our session today. I suspect that he'll continue to improve his mathematics skills in the next sessions. The student continues to struggle with the verbal section; however, he has slightly improved. He's now regularly answering 20 questions correctly, leaving the vast majority of the verbal questions blank, which will help his score. His previous verbal score was so low because he answered 36 questions incorrectly, so I hope that by having the student only answer those verbal questions he absolutely knows, he'll increase his chances of improving his score. As always, the student was a pleasure to work with, and I'm looking forward to continue our sessions."
"Today we covered fractions. We reviewed how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and simplify them. We covered the parts that make up a fraction and their different types, such as mixed numbers and ratios."
"Went over the equations given on the reference sheet. Talked a little about using formulas and started to discuss vocabulary of her text book. Assigned work over weekend to define vocabulary of chapters 1, 2, and 4."
"During this session we went over acids and bases. We did problems relating to strong acid - strong base titration, weak acid - strong base titration, and strong acid - weak base titration. After the session the student said it was helpful and that it made much more sense. Overall this session went well. She got her exam scores back for the two test she took this week and saw an improvement, which I was pleased to hear."