Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"- Reviewed atoms, molecules, and phases of matter. - Learned about surface tension and did an experiment trying to make a paper clip float to see surface tension in action. The student was very interested in the experiment and was able to relate the c"
"Chapter 2 worksheet on chemical reactions. Affecting the rate of reaction, endo/exothermic reactions, activation energy."
"The student reported to me that she scored a 100% on her Science and Math tests last week. Her self-esteem continues to grow, as I have been shaping her behavior to recognize her successes and to use self-talk to reinforce her capabilities. Her test results are a good indication that she has reduced anxiety, internalizing positive statements, and as a result is able to recall information, as she is more focused. She has a Science project due on Thursday. She needs to make a molecular model from Styrofoam balls and toothpicks. I helped her organize her project by asking her questions i.e., What are the elements that make up the compound Ascorbic Acid?; How many of each element are there; hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen?; How will you differentiate each in the model?; etc. She decided to paint the Styrofoam balls to depict each element as a different color. She was going to use pipe cleaners to attach but discovered that they were not sturdy. I suggested toothpicks. She tested the toothpicks and found that they were appropriate for her project. She was able to complete the project tonight. We talked about where the project can be temporarily stored, how to clean the paint off the tools and clothing, and what we will do tomorrow night when we meet again."
"We are focusing on his upcoming exam 1, which will cover chapter 7 and 8. We have gone over all the homework problems and now we are reviewing prior exams. We believe he will have a work function question, a Heisenberg uncertainty principle question, and then either a question proving that a certain waveform does satisfy the Schrodinger equation, or else a question asking him to normalize a function. We reviewed all of those. There is occasionally a question relating to a figure in the book, such as the vibrational energy, equal energy step diagram, so we will spend the next session looking at every figure."
"Today I met with Student 1 first for about half an hour. His class is now doing division of fractions. I started him with adding mixed numbers then moved up to multiplying improper fractions, multiplying mixed numbers, and finally dividing fractions and mixed numbers. We listed out the steps on how to do each, and I am confident that he is set with all of the topics. He had a little trouble doing the division problems at first, but after we listed out the steps and did a few, he started to get more confident. We then started to go over some basic Pre-Algebra. We did some basic word problems for about 15 minutes. Student 2 got his report card recently and improved in every subject except science. His teacher said he just needs to apply himself more. He has a comprehensive science midterm (Ch. 1-3) and a science test on new material (Ch 4) the week after, so his mother wants him to start studying now. She gave me a topic list and all of his quizzes, tests, and labs. Because he hasn't been doing all that well up to this point, I decided the best thing to do would to be to go through all of the quizzes and tests and make a study sheet / better topic list for him to be able to refer to and study off of. We went through most of chapter 1. We will have 2-4 meetings between then and the test."
"The student and I reviewed her previous science test. We went through the entire test and answered each question, including those that she answered correctly."
"The student completed a 9 page worksheet on the museum that I wrote myself. The worksheet had essay questions, simple answers, and multiple choice questions, involving three main areas of his science curriculum. The three areas that we focused on were weather, matter, and the solar system. He had to go around the museum and find the answers to the questions that he did not know. He was knowledgeable about the Big Bang Theory and Pangea, which impressed me. I graded the worksheet, and gave it to his mother."
"Today we worked on math, Spanish, social studies and science homework. We completed the student's math homework on multi-variable algebraic expressions together. She has a good understanding of the concepts and how to approach each problem. We then reviewed plate tectonics and an old science quiz so that she can take her science quiz this week. After that I gave her a blank political map of the United States and we went over all of the states. She has a quiz later this week on naming the states. She will review the map on her own and we will practice together again on Wednesday. We then spent the last half hour working on her science project that is due this Thursday. She researched the geology and plate tectonics of three national parks that she picked out and listed all of our sources. She will use the information she compiled to create a brochure and we will go over the brochure on Wednesday before she turns it in on Thursday."
"Today, the student and I tackled a number of items on her to do list. The first subject was her Math, where she completed a worksheet on probability. She had no problem with this and demonstrated a thorough understanding of determining probability. Next, the student and I discussed the newest topic in her global studies course (gender inequality) and the worksheet she had to complete. The student has a science test coming up and that is where we spent the bulk of our time. We went over her review sheet, studied her vocabulary online, and drew out the steps in the oxygen and nitrogen cycles. The student feels confident with this material, as she received an A on an earlier quiz this week. Lastly, the student and I discussed "Little Women" as she has a project this week to work complete. We had a lengthy discussion about the fates of the sisters and what we thought the better choices for each of them were. Considering that the student has not enjoyed reading this book at all, to have that animated of a discussion was a significant point. Great work today!"
"In this first session with the student, I wanted to get a feel for her learning style as well as an idea of how much of a grasp she had on her school work. We started by reviewing her math homework, which involved factoring binomials and trinomials. She was also familiar with and able to use other concepts like Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Difference of Two Squares (DOTS). She did very well on her math homework and asked questions whenever she needed things explained a little better in order to improve her understanding. We also did some extra practice sums because she has a math test tomorrow. Next, we discussed her biology homework, which focused on aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis, and fermentation. She had to fill in short answers and plot a graph and complete a multiple choice section. Her work was good, and she seems to have a good grasp of the subjects and the things she is learning. She expressed the fact that she thought the session went well, and that she feels confident about doing well on her math test tomorrow."
"I found out that the student was selected to present at a science fair. We went over his study to ensure that he is well-informed and ready to answer questions and explain his results."
"The student studied for both a Science quiz and a Spanish quiz. We went over the terms and concepts in Science and practiced the vocabulary in Spanish."