Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"More difficult linear equations problems really tested the student's limit, but they got through fine. With only a few sessions left we should cover a bit more of sections they are weak on, but also review what we've gone over, and work on ways to help catch little errors that can throw a wrench in the works of their problem solving."
"We completed critical reading and writing diagnostic tests for the PSAT, reviewing and discussing questions the student missed. The student will work on the math diagnostic sections and critical reading practice exercises on his own this week."
"We covered Lewis dot structures, VSEPR theory, polarity, lattice energies, and molecular geometry. She seemed to have made a lot of progress over the course of the session. We then covered ideal gas law and subsequent equations briefly because we were running out of time. We plan to do a more thorough review at the next two sessions for her final on Monday."
"Discussed first two sections of the diagnostic test, one verbal, one math. We went through problems that the student missed and/or was uncertain of. Reviewed some strategies for how to do these problems and how to go through them quickly. I wrote down a brief list of things I wanted her to work on and have ready for our next tutoring session. I felt that it was an excellent first start."
"Worked with the student in his text book again. We made it through the rise of Islam. I think that we have finally made it to the point where he understands the big ideas enough to start working through a few practice tests next week."
"In this session, the student and I worked through a practice Geometry worksheet. We discussed how to solve multi-step problems involving two equations with two unknowns. She also worked through many problems involving congruent angles and bisected lines. She seemed to understand the concepts and was able to solve the problems after we broke them down into smaller steps."
"The student and I went over how to create partial fractions for numerators with single roots, repeated roots, and complex roots, along with how to graph inequalities, how to multiply and divide, and how to write parabolas in standard form based on their focus and directrix. He was able to pick up this information quickly, and I was able to show him a few tricks to check his work. Excellent session."
"This week the student and I got ahead on English and reviewed some math that was giving him trouble. He is on spring break, so we started going over the grammar that he will be working on when he gets back. We went over adjective and adverb phrases. How to find the prepositional phrase, determine what word in the sentence it is modifying, and then determine based on the part of speech of that word what kind of phrase it is. These concepts are fairly simple and were easy for the student to grasp. In math we were reviewing probability. The student needed some help understanding how to find the probability of any given event within a sample set, how to determine how many events there are in a questions, whether events are independent or dependent and how to determine whether it is an "and" or an "or" question. We went over these concepts multiple times until I was satisfied that he was proficient in each."
"Today I did reading comprehension exercises and math exercises with the girls. We worked on the main idea of the story and the sequence of events. We then worked on some vocabulary exercises. We completed math exercises that we had to work backwards to get the answer. I also helped Student 1 with a homework problem she had. Overall, the girls' reading is improving."
"We continued to work on factoring techniques in preparation for the student's exam on Tuesday. He had a few questions on his review sheet, which we addressed and clarified. He was able to complete his review sheet for algebra with little assistance. For physics, he seems to be doing very well and is confident about his abilities. We will pick back up in January and begin reviewing for his midterms. Over the break, I recommended that he compile all his study material for his midterms."
"The student worked on his reading activities from school. He wrote about a funny part in one of the books. He also got a 100 percent on his spelling test I gave him. He completed an addition worksheet (he completed it and got a hundred percent). The student also worked on a pre-writing activity and completed a rough draft."
"The first student did very well on his probability exam with the grade of a 92. The only problem he had on the exam was with theoretical probability. After I explained the concept to him, he had no more issues. I checked his semester review homework, and he only missed 6 out of 56 total. These included the following topics: scientific notation, simplifying rational expressions, and finding excluded values. With the second student, he informed me that he received an 80 on his probability exam. Our main focus was to complete the semester review, which he had not started yet. We were able to get to problem 47 before we ended our session. However, I provided his parents with the full step by step solutions, which were to be given to him after he completed the assignment."