Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student struggled with understanding some of the main concepts regarding Lewis dot structures and chemical bonding, therefore she did not understand how phase changes work at the molecular level. I explained the basics and different types of intermolecular forces and how to draw Lewis structures. As we went through some practice problems from her notes and she was able to do them without trouble."
"Today we worked exclusively on Spanish. Since the student had homework to catch up on. It was a general review of vocab and grammar, and he had a little difficulty with some of the tenses. Then, we worked on the homework for the next day (due 4/4) which was to read a short story and answer questions about different points. It was called Eclipse by Augusto Monterroso. He translated all the questions himself as well as the lecture, and looked up any words he didn't know. I think the level of complexity, particularly putting all the tenses he's learned together, is starting to be a challenge. He did well, though."
"This was my last session with the student before his Spanish final. He found out since our last meeting that the sequence of tenses topic was going to be one of three sections on the final. We reviewed the information for the other sections of the final (commands and perfect tenses) and then went over the rules for sequence of tenses in depth. We finished going over a previous quiz on this topic to be able to focus in on areas of weakness. We reviewed all of the irregular past participles, as the student decided to use the present perfect and pluperfect subjunctive instead of present subj. and imperfect subj. on the test. Although the content was pretty complex, the student had a good grasp of the material and was able to recall much of the information on his own."
"The student did an awesome job during this session! We started with a spelling quiz to go over her words she worked on over the past week. She knew them all and spelled them correctly the first time! We then went over our new spelling words for this week (long "o" and "ow" pattern words). We then moved on to some story problems that involved 2-digit addition (with carrying), 2-digit subtraction (with carrying), and multiplication. She is getting very good at reading the problem, determining the operation needed, and then solving. We'll keep on working on identifying whether addition or multiplication is needed. After story problems, we read a brief passage on poems and answered some questions. Not only did she do a great job on the factual questions, but she also did a great job of adding a few lines of her own to an existing poem! I think that will be a fun, creative activity we can keep working on."
"We covered matrix multiplication, three variable systems of equations and how to solve and interpret them, as well as two variable systems. We also briefly looked over graphing inequalities, and the students had a good grasp on that. "
"The student and I went over his homework in his class workbook. Specifically, we went over 2 pages that were due for his class the following day. In the process, we were able to review verbs and go over vocabulary. We discussed basic grammar structures and wrote a short paragraph."
"Today, we went over heating curve diagrams and how to calculate change in heat. We also covered energy of reactions, including activation energy as well as chemical kinetics and what makes reaction rates change. I showed her the rate law and how to do calculations with these. We also went through what subjects would be on the test and she wrote a "cheat" sheet with items to remember to help her as she takes the test. The majority of the concepts should give her no problems at all and the others are a bit of a black box because we don't know what they will ask. I think she'll do well. Tomorrow is our last session and I'm putting together a practice test for her and we will review anything she has trouble with."
"The student had done a math section during study hall at school and we went over her incorrect answers. When she looked at the questions again, she was very capable of doing the problems; she admitted that her main issue had been focus. We worked a little on science and math problems after that, and I kept track of the time it took her to do a certain number of problems. She seems to be on pace for the problems. We then discussed general tips for taking the test, and I wished her the best of luck."
"The students and I worked through bivariate comparisons of both proportions and means today. We covered much of the conceptual framework necessary for understanding when each of these statistical tools is most useful. We covered several practice examples and were able to work through a significant portion of the material they need to catch up on in their course."
"We reviewed graphing and equations, geometry, and some trig. Her homework is to review a few of those equations because she understands it well when we work through it. She's doing well."
"The student and I reviewed several math concepts. We reviewed all components of word translation, which included rate and distance problems, probabilities, combinatorics, and minor word problems. We also reviewed the entire chapter on geometry, including circles, triangles, and parallelograms. We planned to continue our next session with number properties."
"Student 1 and I had time to cover the entire practice exam she completed for this week because she didn't miss very many questions! We went through the whole thing in about an hour, then moved on to some additional math problems with Student 2 during the second hour."