Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through the end of the renal section by covering very briefly the kidney's role in maintaining blood pH. We then made it through half of the GI system. We discussed the vocabulary associated with each section of the gut track and main functions of the enzymes secreted in the mouth, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine. I drew a color coded picture which the student found very helpful. We also discussed the role of the liver (produces bile), gallbladder (stores bile) in the role of digestions (bile emulsifies triglycerides so they can be absorbed by the small intestine."
"The student reviewed all real numbers and was exposed to complex numbers. Also, she was introduced to linear equations in the slope-intercept form, and learned the m=slope, the y-intercept, and how to graph the lines."
"1. Helped the student identify personal habits that hinder his academic progress. 2.We discussed and drew up a plan of action for improving time management and prioritization. 3. We drew up, in brief, an organization scheme for class handouts and notes. 4. We reviewed steps for calculating the interior angles of polygons and their corresponding exterior angles. Overall, he seemed encouraged by his start and seems sobered by the effort it will take for him to become organized and effective in tackling his current academic challenges. During our next session, we'll commence a self-management scheme and continue on with Geometry."
"We worked on the student's geometry HW over equations of curves. He had no trouble with it, and we finished it pretty quickly. Then, we worked on his biology HW over the nervous system. The answers to the worksheet were in the book, so the student had little trouble finding the answers."
"I worked with the student on speaking and conversational skills so she can improve her Spanish oral abilities. After that we worked on an informal writing piece trying to organize the text, using proper native expressions. We listened to a video followed by a q&a reading the text of the video voice. She read a Spanish press article to get familiar with authentic sources, completing a multiple choice follow up. To finish our session we worked with grammar using conjunctions and verbs."
"The student didn't have as much drafted as she said she would, and her research efforts weren't as intensive as desired, so she had a lot of work to do on her rough draft. We discussed the little bit she had drafted and figured out ways to make transitions between topics. I helped her locate materials in her resources to include in the paper. We discussed the author's treatment of major topics and themes to develop in the paper regarding the historical accuracy."
"The student and I covered the material on his test review sheet. He knew general concepts, just needed to be nudged in the right direction for the specific problems. By the end I thought he had a good grasp of the material. His biggest focus now is remembering formulas. He said he would study them more."
"In this session, we focused on completing the student's homework while identifying key theories of each problem. In particular, we outlined the parameters of when to classify a study as observational, experimental, or as a survey. Additionally, when to classify a statistical problem as paired, two sample T, or one sample T. We began to make steps toward building his organizational and study skills as well by making note cards for difficult to remember theories as we went."
"Today we started off by going over some lab work relating to torque and angular acceleration, relating to linear acceleration. Then we worked on homework questions relating to gravitational potential energy and orbits."
"The student and I went over her pop quiz over adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying exponential equations. I also wrote down additional problems with her and went over them for practice. We also went over her worksheet over exponential growth and decay."
"Today we covered the study guide for the student's Sociology class. We went over several vocabulary terms and reviewed all of her previous tests. We also reviewed the more difficult concepts found in the assigned textbook."
"We covered some basic planar geometry: area, perimeter, and volume, as well as definitions of shapes like parallelograms and trapezoids. We then worked through the first half of a test, where she tried on her own the problems based on material we had covered, or we did a mini lesson on the topic so she could try to work it out. For the most part, though, she was pretty comfortable with the topics, which is a huge improvement over where she was a week ago, only getting 6 or so problems in the first 20 she looked at."