Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked briefly at the section in the book about "functions and their graphs". In the remaining time, he did 8 mixed problems from one of the practice tests."
"The student completed the multiple choice homework exercises for the week. Many of the problems were arithmetic intense. Topics included: histograms, binomial distribution, random variable probability, mean, variance, standard deviation, combinations, frequency distribution, Poisson distribution, geometric distribution, etc."
"The student had trouble with factoring trinomials. We reviewed her math, Spanish, and history. She scored an 80 on a history quiz of vocabulary. I assigned for her to read chapter 6 in her history book so we can review for her upcoming test on Monday."
"Went over the English test she took the past week. She got a 25, which was a great improvement. We then went over some other English passages together. We finished by starting to look at the science section and looking over the ACT test she took in December."
"We finished sequencing and moved to linear and complex linear games. The student made significant progress in learning how to transcribe constraints and in drawing implications from the transcription and mapping of the constraints."
"We worked through writing equations from sine and cosine graphs. He understands pretty much everything there is to know about sine and cosine graphs from the last 3 days. I introduced him to tangent and its graphs. We'll go over his tests tomorrow and the following day to see what he needs to work on from the entirety of his course so far."
"The student did very well this session! I gave her frequent breaks when we did math, and she did well. She is starting to understand how the Quantitative Reasoning is more difficult than the Mathematics Achievement. We have not gone over Geometry yet because she has an exam coming up in the class, but she is appearing to master most of the concepts. We will continue to work on more difficult concepts that she might see on the ISEE. I am very happy with her progress."
"Foremost on the student's mind was preparing for his semester exam, so we spent most of the session reviewing concepts through practice, with a special emphasis on non-proof exercises. He showed me that he is retaining concepts near-perfectly, and we spent the remainder of the session going over new material on similar polygons; this material will be covered in class next week, though it will not be on the exam."
"Honors Biology - We covered the chapters on the endocrine system and muscle/bone. We started off by going over the differences between the endocrine system (slower, longer lasting effects) and the nervous system (faster, short term effects). We then covered the different hormones, emphasizing their origin of synthesis, target organ, primary effects, and negative feedback. We worked on the concept of antagonistic hormones, such as PTH vs. calcitonin and insulin vs. glucagon. For the section on muscle/bone, we covered basic anatomy and muscle fiber unit."
"We corrected a pre-test and a test for math 2. Test covered exponential functions, exponential theorems of operations, and compound interest word problems. The student has improved her grades and her understanding of the subject. We had some time left over and played a game called "Sets." It works with both hemispheres of the brain. I have noted great improvement in individuals' math skills after playing this game a handful of times."
"The student and I worked on his reading of "The Adventure of Ulysses." He had done the reading that I had asked him to do, but he had not done the comprehension questions. The importance of these questions was evident when we tested his knowledge. He scored 90s and 100s for sections for which he had done the questions but 50s and 60s for sections which he had not. He seemed to understand the significance of this. I gave him further reading assignments to work on until we meet again."
"Today the student and I began by working on another one of her high school entrance essays. This time, the prompt was to write a science fiction story. I began by reading it aloud and allowing her to make corrections based on what she heard. Then, I went over my own desired edits with her. Overall, the essay is well done, and clearly she put a good amount of time and effort into it. One grammatical error that seems to reoccur with her is the mixing of different tenses, so I asked her to think about the next time she writes a paper. We ended the session with practice math problems, focusing primarily on word problems that use algebra (e.g. given a current price after a % discount, in order to find the original cost)."