Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"-Helped the student prepare for his chemistry exam (that is tomorrow) - worked through his study guide and reviewed concepts that were unclear; discussed the importance of studying ahead of time in the future and various study techniques"
"We went over a few topics from the previous light optics test, and then reviewed new material. The new material was on thin lens interference involving the passage of light through a reflective film. We also worked out a couple of example problems from the book."
"The student and I were able to finish up Organic Chemistry quickly and then move on into the Biology topics. In Organic Chemistry we discussed carboxylic acids, acid derivatives, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. In Biology we reviewed enzymes, DNA structure and function, and a little bit about protein synthesis. In the end we were able to work a few questions and discuss them."
"The student and I reviewed the trinomial product of two binomials. We practiced distribution and factoring techniques, she is particularly strong when she uses "the box" visual aid. We also worked on word problems and conceptual application. When studying, she needs to practice keeping track of all the pieces; once she masters that skill, she will do great. "
"We reviewed weather, and started going over time. We also reviewed numbers and pronunciation. Homework for this week is time, and then next week, we review the chapter for the test the week after that."
"We covered the outline of several chapters of material for his final exam also touching on simple harmonic motion and sound. This was a lot of ground, and the time was split between talking about concepts and doing practice problems, but I think the student picked up a lot of the material pretty quickly. He may run into more problems as he goes back and gets into more detail with some of the problems, but we can work on that in our upcoming sessions. I think he got some good information and showed that he can figure out how to use it."
"Today, the student and I worked through some more of the reading comprehension and started a math section on his practice test. We talked about how setting 15 minutes aside a day to review will really help come test time and we brainstormed ways of remembering to do so. When working together and minimizing distractions, he was able to come up with the correct answers more frequently. I think he will get better as he becomes more comfortable with the question types."
"Today, we covered permutations, plugging in, and percent change arithmetic. The student is going to work 1-2 of the practice test math sections in his prep book, focusing on those kinds of questions, and we'll meet again Friday at 6:00."
"My sixth tutoring session with the student went well. She did not complete Practice Test 1, but she did complete the Geometry section of the Math Review, and she did practice her vocabulary words. We started by reviewing Verbal Reasoning questions in Practice Test 1. Then we worked through Quantitative Reasoning questions in Practice Test 1. The student answered most of the questions correctly, but she was challenged by questions involving geometry, cross multiplication, and quartiles. I encouraged the student to identify the questions that would take her more time to finish and come back to them at the end of the section."
"The student had a number of issues with fractions, so we worked through these for some time. Likewise, this had ramifications in her work on algebra, so this took most of the session to review. I will be looking for supplementary problems to assign to her. We covered the basic syntax of percents, so I assigned 7-21 of that chapter. This is all basic "translation" of percentages. I also assigned 1-39 of the prep book reading problems."
"Today we focused on system of equation problems and ratio and rate problems. After finishing some of these we practiced quantitative comparison. She understood the concepts by the end of our session."
"Today, we took some new approaches to the reading section to help the student achieve a higher score than last time. We talked about new approaches for the vocab, and worked on new ways of looking at the reading passages. By taking minimal notes, the student is able to retain more of the information."