Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"*The student's December 2010 ACT Scores: English - 23, Math - 19, Reading - 17, Science - 22; Composite - 20 *Student's Diagnostic Test Scores: English - 26, Math - 15, Reading - 34, Science - 20; Composite - 24 *This Session: 1)Strategies for ACT vocabulary 2)Improving Reading Speed 3)Strategies/Practice ACT Reading Test"
"We covered electronegativity, predicting bonding behavior, energy of first ionization, total energy used or gained (enthalpy), Lewis dot structures, valence structures, electron configurations, and electron shells and order in which they fill."
"We went over the diagnostic test I sent her. Her background is in general pretty solid, and she showed an ability to pick up most of the material pretty quickly. We went over the basics of graphing functions using techniques like completing the square, and we started on vectors and scalars."
"Like usual, we worked on math and a little English. We will finalize test preparation techniques next week."
"I reminded the student to write down dates on every piece of paper and to write down all assignments in her planner so that she can do everything in her control to be prepared for classes. Also worked on Spanish project and Spanish grammar that comes along with it."
"We had a quiz over some irregular verbs, then talked about another group of irregular verbs for another quiz next week. Talked about a writing assignment for the weekend. Talked about reflexive verbs and adjectives briefly so that they can practice them in the written assignment about their weekend. Then we spoke together in French for the last half hour, and it went very well. We will continue conversational practice."
"The student and I went over his homework, the subject of which was the 30/60 right triangle, and using right triangles to find diagonals in rectangles and squares. After the homework was done, I gave him an introduction to trigonometry, focusing on the definitions of sin, cos, and tangent."
"We looked over questions he missed from his SAT in May. Then he completed a practice section from a sample test. He shows a lot of strong skills. A few refinements can quickly increase his score. We talked about picking numbers to test out math when the algebra gets overly convoluted. We also talked about predicting more for sentence completions and trying to visualize context to remember more high-end vocab words. The next step will be to look over his essay. With a better sense of how to write an essay, he can easily raise his score substantially."
"We spent the session going over the anatomy of the human skeleton. I helped the student make flashcards so that she may quiz herself when an opportunity arises. I also showed her some internet resources (diagrams) that should help her as well. I also talked with her teacher about some of the student's strengths and weaknesses."
"Today we worked for most of the time preparing for the student's Latin final exam. Half of the exam is going to be on vocabulary so we spent a good bit of time going over the new vocab sheet with all of the words he should know. He had most of the vocab down already so there were only a few spots where we had to fill in the holes in his knowledge--mostly in some of the verbs, adverbs, prepositions, etc. For the most part, he knew the nouns already. After that, we went over noun and verb endings again since he needs to know those as well. He mostly has them down, but made a few mistakes here and there. I gave him a couple ways to remember some of the forms he missed (the dative plural always has an 'i' in it, for example.) We spent the rest of the time doing some review for Biology by looking over some online info on DNA."
"The student brought with him a set of five study guides that covering a variety of topics that were to be included on the exam, including photosynthesis, DNA structure, cell signaling, metabolism, and respiration. We began by looking at the structure of purines and pyrimidines and how these bond to the ribose sugar in DNA molecules. Next, we explored photosystems I and II as well as the electron transport chain in thylakoids within chloroplasts. Next, we moved through the questions for the final three study guides, using the student's text book as a guide and looking up extra material online. We outlined a plan for the next day to look at glycolysis more closely and explore any remaining figures in his text as a source for reminders before the exam in the evening."
"Today we covered the use of scatterplots to make a line of best fit and determine if there is strong, weak or no correlation between the pairs of data points. We also reviewed and differentiated between the biased and unbiased methods for selecting samples groups."