Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we began review of Chapter 16 in the student's Science textbook which covers the Earth's atmosphere. We learned about the multiple layers of which the atmosphere is composed, and of the unique properties of each of these. We also discussed the ozone layer and greenhouse gases."
"The student and I covered dimensional analysis and determining solution percentages including determining drug concentrations in proportion to volumes. She has made huge progress in being able to successfully do these problems. I will be mailing her some extra practice. She will be taking a quiz on Tuesday so will have grades to note progress next week."
"The student has an important cumulative science test coming up this Tuesday. We are doing some extra sessions in the meantime to get her ready. In this session, I helped her study the water cycle, and then reviewed the rock cycle (which we had covered together a few weeks ago). She enjoyed drawing pictures of the water cycle, and was able to spell the vocabulary terms (like sedimentary or igneous) better when I helped her sound them out. I think she is able to spell complicated words, but gets somewhat intimidated by them. I have encouraged her to sound it out. She remembered a good amount of information from the rock cycle. I quizzed her on some of her vocabulary words. For our next session we will review more vocabulary."
"This past session covered the digestive system and how nutrients are absorbed into the body. This led into a discussion on how proper nutrition feeds various parts of the body and their roles. This tied into an oratory that she did on raising the minimum wage. We looked at what a typical diet would be for someone with a low wage (mostly fast food) and the high amounts of salt, sugar and fat along with the effects this has on their health. We also discussed how very wealthy people tend to have the same health problems because of eating out at high end restaurants have the same low nutrient density foods. It was a very good lesson in proper nutrition and maintaining a good balanced diet."
"This was our first session so we spent some time discussing what the student wanted to get out of the sessions. Today we discussed disability studies, first the biology behind neuron functioning and how problems in this system can lead to some physical disabilities. We then discussed part of an assigned reading in detail which discussed disability studies and their socioeconomic impacts. We had an insightful discussion on the topics discussed on the readings and formed opinions about the material."
"We first worked on science homework, focusing on climate and weather. The current topics asked about winds and heating of the planet, so we answered some open-ended questions and I suggested finding some books to help research, which we did. We then covered some math, which covered some early algebra problems. I came up with some sample problems which went beyond the school material. The student seems very keen on solving algebra. Finally, we worked on some language arts homework, focusing on the Hunger Games. We designed a slogan and tried to think about creative ideas for a fictional ad campaign. The student continues to impress me. I will continue to use outside materials and work on seeding his interest in the topics."
"Met with the student and discussed the water cycle as this is what he is currently covering in class. We also talked about study habits and how approaching school with a willingness to learn is critical to succeeding in school."
"The student and I reviewed old science homework and tests (moon phases, unit conversions, circuits) to prepare for his final next week. I think our session was very helpful, and we'll be meeting again on Monday to continue our review!"
"Student had a test the following day in her Matter and Energy course, so we spent most of the session reviewing for it. The test was on the basics of chemical bonding, naming compounds, and being able to draw dot diagrams. I quizzed her on terms, which she knew very well, and then I gave her a few problems to complete involving naming and drawing dot diagrams. She did well in naming compounds and noticing the difference between ionic and covalent compounds. She had a bit of trouble understanding how to figure out the number of valence electrons available for each compound that could be used to complete the dot diagram. I went through a few problems with her before she was able to complete one on her own, but once she understood she did very well. We spent the rest of the session working on some of her Algebra homework that involved factoring and using FOIL. She had a pretty good grasp on the material and only needed help with a few of the more complex problems."
"The student was working on problems in her modern science class (optics, astronomy, and other related topics). We covered a lot of material today."
"This was my first session with the student. He let me know that science has been difficult for him, so we completed his HW #61. We went through each question, drawing pictures, uploading pictures, and writing down definitions if needed. This HW mostly focused on waves (types of waves, energy, electromagnetic, etc.) and he said he felt like he learned a lot at the end! He was a great student, took lots of notes, and asked a lot of questions!"
"We went over Algebra II today: mainly covering systems of equations and systems of inequalities. The student had the problems down for the most part, but he was making simple mistakes (change of sign calculations, not reading the problem correctly, etc.). If he focuses on those small details he should be fine for the test."