Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over problems and concepts concerning electric fields. Topics included adding vectors, force, relative strengths of fields as distance and charge vary, the formulas for point charges, and finding the directions of vectors."
"Reviewed Chapter 4.1-4.2 in Algebra II (graphing polynomial equations using intercept and vertex form). Reviewed combining and evaluating functions and did several practice problems. Went over exponent rules (radicals and negative exponents). Prepared for part B of chemistry test (setting up reactions if given written scenario, balancing redox half reactions and determining oxidation states of reactants and products)."
"We spent most of our time doing research on ethanol as a biofuel for a chemistry essay that the student has to finish. After that, we got started on a geometry assignment that he needs to go over."
"The student and I discussed the work he finished over the weekend as well as his plan of work for the rest of the week. He then read and filled out the reading guide for his homework readings, and spent about half of the session working on his computer science homework and lab demo."
"Student 1: He had a tissues exam on Thursday in Human Physiology. We reviewed pictures and charts from his book. I quizzed him on key tissue terms. I recommended that he re-create the charts from his book to help memorize the details on each tissue type. Student 2: She had a history exam on Thursday on the Spanish Colonies of the Americas. She understood the main ideas of each sub-chapter, however she was having trouble remembering important names of explorers. We spent a good amount of time reviewing this. I quizzed her on questions from the chapter review. Student 3: She had a chemistry exam on Thursday on mass, density, and volume. She was having trouble figuring out how to balance out equations, so we spent some time reviewing that concept. I quizzed her on a table of measurement conversions from the chapter, which she needed to have memorized. I reviewed her practice sheet from her review packet on unit conversions."
"For our first session the student and I discussed his biggest challenges and strengths as a student. He then explained his troubles recalling the information that he studied during his tests. I did an analysis of his learning styles, which showed that he is a strong auditory and kinesthetic learner. With this new information and his own explanation of his struggle recalling and retaining information for tests I suggested that he use a new approach while studying. The first change I suggested was while reading he should read out loud to himself to take advantage of his auditory learning style and to use his finger or pen while reading to make the act more physical and thus to engage him in his two most prominent learning styles. I also suggested that he have plan before studying to focus his studying and to help make it more efficient and effective. He seemed very receptive to the suggestions and will be applying them for his next test. We will continue working together to improve his studying habits and personalizing them to maximize his potential."