Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the practice math test she completed for homework. For problems she didn't know how to approach we practiced looking at the answer choices and crossing out the answers we knew were definitely wrong, and then trying to find the best answer out of the remaining answer choices. We also went over how to solve these problems so that hopefully she doesn't have to use POE strategies. I also gave her a quick quiz over the math concepts flash cards I gave her on Monday that cover the formulas the ACT will expect her to know."
"Tonight the main topic was conditional probability. (i.e. "If 26% of children surveyed like both ice cream and candy, what is the probability of a child liking candy only, given that the odds for ice cream only are 45%?" ) By the end, she could do them with her eyes closed. She has a test Friday."
"First session - we will be working on 4 essays: the short extracurricular essay, the "about me" essay, the issue essay, and a specific essay. Today we polished and completed the one she had already written (the short extracurricular), and brainstormed and outlined the other three. On track to complete issue and specific essays on Wednesday, and the "about me" the following Monday."
"The student and I reviewed some vocabulary and I had him practice writing sentences in English. We also spent a portion of the session having a conversation to help him practice dialogue. Some sounds, particularly the "j" sound, give him a little trouble as the English sound for "j" does not exist in Spanish so we practiced that as well."
"The student and I reviewed for her test tomorrow, encompassing dipole moments, crystal lattice structures, phase diagrams, and some very basic thermodynamics (work, heat, internal energy. But NOT Gibbs free energy or entropy). Overall, she has a pretty solid understanding of the material. However, she wasn't aware of some basic things that she must know in order to do well on her test (i.e. formal charges in relation to determining optimum three-dimensional geometry). However, she's extremely bright and picks up on things very quickly. Thus, she shouldn't have any issues regarding her test tomorrow."
"First session with student. She's taken the ACT before and needs to bump up her score at least 2 points, and preferably around 6. Today we worked on the verbal section of the ACT mostly. We went over some tricks on how to look for questions and answers quickly."
"Today we looked at the Imperfect tense. We looked at sentences and completed them with either the present, past or imperfect tense. I then dictated a quote in Spanish about friends and we circled the new vocabulary words. We looked at homework and circled verb forms in the book. We examined the first paragraph with circled verbs, identified the tense, and then the student wrote the infinitive form of the verb."
"Today the student and I covered the material that he would be learning next week. We talked about logarithmic properties, how to change exponents into logarithms and vice versa, how to combine and simplify logs, and we talked about the natural log. He really has been improving and he is very hard working."
"The student and I focused our time on sentence completion and vocabulary. He completed his vocabulary flashcards, and is to continue to practice them during the week. I talked to his parents about essay practice throughout the week."
"We covered topics for exam I of Pre-Calculus including finding the inverse of a matrix, adding and subtracting matrices, multiplying a matrix by a scalar constant, solving a linear matrix equation, finding a limit algebraically by factoring or rationalizing, one sided limits, infinite limits, and continuity. For each topic, important points were discussed and practice problems were given and solved."
"We handled homework problems dealing with the area of a triangle today. They involved understanding how the pieces of the triangle contributed to the formula rather than just plugging in numbers. So we compared triangles with similar heights but different bases or the same angles and different sizes. We also dealt with a transformation isometry and looked at an exam question that required a basic knowledge of trigonometric functions. Rather than just solve these, I went over the thought process for solving any problem like them."
"The student and I reviewed mitosis and meiosis today along with the basic ideas of sexual and asexual reproduction. We worked on his past assignments, a study guide, and a quiz I created for him. Really great progress!"