Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is very smart and has lots of energy, but his lack of organization is an apparent obstacle to his success. I would encourage him to continue to work through his math problems methodically so as to avoid simple mistakes."
"The student and I continued to work on filling in the table that outlines the application process. In addition, we developed a plan for writing the essays. The student will upload an essay he has into the Google Docs and I will edit it. We will outline another essay together at our next session next week."
"The student and I worked through math problems from her text book that matched what her teacher told her would be on the test. At first she struggled with simplifying equations, but after several problems she had worked through it. Adding and subtracting negatives are still giving her trouble, so we worked on that for awhile, using both a number line and money to think through problems."
"We spent an hour going over the writing section. First, we went over strategies for the multiple choice in the writing section. We then practiced re-writing sentences into sentences with parallel structures and properly placed participles, and finally we did some practice multiple choice problems. We then went over about 10 math problems that focused on translating word problems or instructions into the right answer. I also recommended that the student practice doing problems on her own. She mentioned that she'd be receiving vocabulary flashcards soon as well."
"The student and I worked on some review of even and odd functions and transformations. We also went over things she had trouble with on her exam."
"The student and I covered the mathematics achievement section of the ISEE. We moved through sections alternating between working through the problems together and him working individually. We focused on the relationship between decimals/fractions/percentages, long division and complex multiplication, and the order of operations. His math ability continues to improve, as does his timing and concentration."
"We wrote her exam notes for Chapter 4. We were also able to go over a few problems having to do with the quadratic equation, factoring, finding zeros, graphing parabolas using vertex form, standard form, and intercept form, finding the absolute value of imaginary numbers, adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing complex numbers, and dealing with radicals. Her exam is tomorrow."
"After recapping the student's recent test scores to confirm his continued success, we looked through what will be the final new unit for this semester, covering traits of polygons. With my explanations and demonstrations, he quickly picked up on the new theorems from this chapter, and he did amazingly on our practice work."
"We planned an outline for the student's essay on the Spanish-American war. After this we reviewed some electron configuration problems. Finally, I showed her how to plug a function into a graphing calculator to avoid calculating different values into an equation. We used this to work with some logarithmic functions from her homework."
"We covered topics in conic sections, including finding equations of ellipses and hyperbolas, analyzing equations of ellipses and hyperbolas, plotting ellipses and hyperbolas, and identifying the types of conic section when given standard equations. For each topic, important points were discussed, homework problems were reviewed, and additional examples were given and solved."
"We went over her interview etiquette as well as test taking skills for each individual section. We reviewed her "homework" from when we met last weekend. Great last session! I know she will do great!"
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."