Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I reviewed the new material she is learning in class. She seemed to have a pretty good grasp on it, and to be sure we went through the example problems in the section and the corresponding questions at the end of the chapter. By then, she was feeling very confident with the material. Then we also worked on a practice test because we still had time remaining. "
"The student and I started going through his exam review packet, which covered many different derivative problems. We discussed chain rule and how to make sure to keep track of each cascading chain event. New topics for the student included the derivative of ln(x) and power functions such as e^x. For the next session, the student is going to practice the problems we went over today and study the ones we did not cover."
"The student understands what is happening in math and science right now. She did not know much about history for a quiz tomorrow. I helped her go through the book, summarize and take notes on the chapter for her quiz. I think she had a better understanding of what happened and just needs to memorize terms for her quiz."
"Since the student is only one year old, most of the time was spent playing with his toys. I would point at toys and say their names in Mandarin, ask him questions in Mandarin, and repeat easy-to-say key Mandarin words that he could learn with repetition. I also sang to him in Mandarin (he has several musical toys)."
"Today, I taught Student 1 and Student 2 about opposites in Chinese. They already understand the concept of opposites in English so they were able to say different pairs for me to write down (e.g. hot/cold, up/down, etc.). I used various hand gestures and body motions to teach the boys, and after introducing the terms to them, I had them stand up and do the motions with me. Being able to associate the words with various motions really helped them to learn them quicker. Afterwards, I revisited the "Two Tigers" song from last week. Student 2 was able to sing it entirely on his own, which is really great since we only really worked on it for one session. Overall, this was a productive and fun session."
"Today we went primarily over all of his math homework for the week. He had some issues concerning the distributive property so we went over that in a little more detail. He understands the concepts well, however, when trying to do mental math he makes small mistakes like missing negative signs. I showed him a way to work some of the problems without getting tripped up on some of those issues."
"The student and I practiced several assessment reading exercises both from study books and from online resources. Many of the questions required deep thought and thorough, detailed analysis. He and I discussed questions which gave him trouble and he was quick to understand the logic behind the correct answer. He has prepared hard and I believe he will do very well on the reading section of the assessment."
"-Discussed the proper format of analysis essays and ways to approach them (brainstorming, outline forming, etc.). -Eliminated unnecessary information and refined ideas from her first draft. -Made an organization plan for her second draft."
"This was my first session with the family. I started with Student A who is an eighth grader looking for help with Intro to Chemistry and Physics and Algebra I. We spent half an hour going through electron configurations, which she has just began learning in class. We spent the next half hour going through various word problems dealing with weighted averages. Then I met with Student B who is a ninth grader looking for help in Geometry and Biology. We started with Biology and going over photosynthesis, the Calvin cycle, and light dependent reactions in preparation for her exam the next day. Then we moved on to Geometry where we discussed the different postulates and theorems used for proving triangles or parts of triangles are congruent. Now that I have a better idea of what topics the students are learning, I can prepare lessons and practice problems for future sessions. At the end of the session I spoke with their mother to set up a reoccurring schedule and discuss her goals for these sessions."
"The student had a math quiz coming up so we went through her homework first. The homework consisted of finding the areas of trapezoids, rhombuses, and kites. Once she learned how to do the formulas, she completed the homework with ease. She even was telling me how she would solve it before even writing down the problem. Once we finished, we went over biology since she had a make up quiz to do tomorrow. We had already gone through the vocabulary last session, so I asked what she though we should cover. We ended up going through Punnett squares and how to find the ratios of the phenotypes and genotypes. We went through a handful of examples, including basic ones, double traits, and sex-linked traits. She seemed to really understand the phenotypes and genotypes by the time we finished."
"We prepared for the student's precal and physics test for the following week. He had little trouble reviewing for precal. We covered the various topics for physics, including relativistic physics and light wave and diffraction properties."
"On 5/8 we went over the students Colombian Exchange project. He had to write several paragraphs about aspects of the Colombian Exchange, the trading of goods between the Americas and Europe- Spain, specifically. We spent a time synthesizing ideas and proofreading the project. I think he did really well and is improving his proofreading skills."