Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent about 10-15 minutes talking with the parent about what he wants for his daughter and then about 10 minutes with the student with what she would like me to help her with. The main focus is on bringing up her Chemistry grade and in addition working towards a better understanding for the AP Chemistry exam. I gave them a list of things I need her to do in the mean time (organizational and learning style honing) while I tailor my studying towards what she is focused on at this time. In addition to expectations, we also covered the Gas Laws today (pv= nRT and all of its derivations). We will be meeting this week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The expectation for me is to give the student the confidence she is missing in the subject matter. I will be bringing her some more practice problems and questions to assist her in her quest to gain confidence with Chemistry."
"Integration using substitution. So far he's only done the exponential function and polynomials so the problems are very easy. The only difficult part is figuring out what to substitute."
"The student had finished her essay on Macbeth and decided to submit it without my looking over it, in order to see how she would do on her own. We moved on and completed the entirety of lesson 9 on the metaphysical and cavalier poets."
"During this session, we went through a section of each - Critical Reading, Writing, and Math, using the time restrictions. Also, we reviewed their practice essays they did the week before and discussed ways to improve them. We also went over test taking skills and key tips about preparing for the test - rest, food, and confidence."
"We worked though the "flash review" sections of the SAT book. Her math skills are great. We also talked through essay structure, and wrote together a specific outline for one of the sample essays. Along the way, we also discussed some good test taking strategies. "
"The student and I prepared for her exam on Tuesday by discussing how to solve out trigonometric polynomial equations. We used the properties of trigonometric functions, their inverses, arcsin, arccos, and arctan along with the quadratic formula to solve these equations. We briefly covered what she would need to memorize for the test and then began doing sample problems. She was doing very well on the problems."
"Topics covered with Student 1 include: matrices, order of operations, solving equations with fractions and graphing inequalities. Progress achieved was: a noticeable fluency and understanding in how to solve matrices and, do various math problems from past chapters. Topics covered with Student 2include: setting up equations from word problems, math properties, categorizing numbers, percent of change, and graphing linear equations. Progress achieved was: a better understanding of how to approach word problems and apply to equations, of what a linear equation is, classifying numbers, and how to do percent change."
"The student continued to work on solutions. We worked on determining solubility. She looked at a solubility curve and answered some questions about it. She did a good job of understanding the material."
"The student and I outlined her lesson on the life and activity of cells, focusing on features of the cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, and cell wall. We also completed the remaining examples from her rounding worksheet; she correctly answered all of them!"
"The student and I focused on the math portion of the ACT today. We identified some areas of strength and some of improvement. She really hung in there, especially in the more difficult problems. I'm very impressed!"
"Today we focused on more fun ways to study. This included games with flash cards like grouping them in categories and drawing the meaning of the word instead of just defining it. We also worked on how we find math questions to study from."
"We worked on reading passages (fiction) and analogies (Latin phrases and parts/wholes.) He was very focused and significant progress was made. His reasoning is good and needs to work on Latin roots to increase his vocabulary."