Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a lot of math skills due to his homework requirements and the upcoming test. I encouraged the student to show his work in order to be 100% sure that he got the answer correct and to get partial credit."
"We reviewed the sample essay I assigned her last time. I would have scored her essay as a 4. We read several examples of essays that ranged from a score of a 6 to a 4. We rewrote her introduction and conclusion to contrast the use of abstract vs. concrete language. After I counseled her about what the scorers expect, I asked her to rewrite the same essay in the same timed conditions, but this time to take some time before writing it to brainstorm how the issue personally affects her. We worked through several sections of reading comprehension and sentence completion."
"We began today's session going over the student's essay. The SAT requires a very specific style, so we'll work on conformity thereto in the future. Today, we spent about half the session on Writing and half on Math. During the writing half, we revised his essay. I encouraged him to take time to choose words carefully, and we treated his essay as though it were a passage for revision on the SAT. Afterward, we went over the specific question types on the Writing section of the SAT, and ways to approach each one. Our math half began with a discussion of probability, which he demonstrated a good understanding of. Afterward, we continued our review on functions and did some example problems."
"We worked on the practice passages that the student had completed for reading, Math, English, and Science. We discussed that he should continue to work on taking a look at a few essay prompts per night and I recommended that he complete the last full practice test (with an essay) this weekend and that we would go over the entire test in 2 sessions next week. "
"We went over a potential study schedule leading up to Dec. 4th and how we would break up important subject topics. Next session, we will review reverse synthesis RXNs (alcohol to ketone, aldehydes, etc.)."
"The student is trying to get ready for his final exam this week. So we covered network flow diagrams and how to calculate the maximum flow and minimum flow. We also covered the Ford Fulkerson algorithm to calculate max flow, as well as how to perform the min cut operation to check our work for the max flow. He had some questions about big O and omega so we used a chart to confirm his answer. We also covered proofs in computer science and how they can differ from mathematical proofs. Overall he is doing really well in the class and just needs to see visual examples of some of these concepts, since they are sometimes better understood when one sees it versus reading about it."