Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished covering topics in geometry today. We worked on properties of triangles and circles including alternate interior angles, areas, arc length, etc. He worked extremely well and efficiently and seemed to have no problems with anything that we covered. We found that the area where he struggles most is when he must take questions about shapes without a picture, so we will work on word problems next time. He reports that his class is still going well. I left him with several problems over the weekend to have prepared for Tuesday."
"She is in the midst of writing her dissertation. She could use some help with data manipulation. Today, we discussed her dissertation and went over her research design. We also looked at some of the methods she could use to analyze her data. Next session, we will actually manipulate the data and talk about some ways she could represent her data. The project is promising."
"We spent most of today's session on the various applications and calculations of arc length (calculating arc length, parameters, curvature). After going through several examples, he was doing better with the concepts and mostly has issues with the number of different formulas given for the same calculation. However, he made good progress figuring out what each formula meant and how to apply them."
"The topic we worked on for this session was quadratic function and transformation. Specifically, converting a standard quadratic formula to vertex form and graphing a parabola from an equation and vice versa. She had a quiz on these topics the following day, so we reviewed her homework. She understood these topics, so this session was mainly a review."
"Today we split our session between algebra and chemistry as she has quizzes coming up in both subjects. For algebra, we covered transforming functions by working through a homework assignment her teacher had given her. For chemistry, we went back and reviewed some classwork she had done on how atoms bond to form molecules. She had to predict the makeup of a molecule composed of two given elements. She grasped all of the subjects covered rather quickly."
"He has been doing extremely well in pre-algebra. When I walked in, he had already completed his homework, getting all 10 questions right. He has received a 25/25 and a 27/30 on his two tests thus far in pre-algebra. He would like to see if he can move up to the next level of classes. We worked a bit on proportions and subtracting negatives, and he took well to this."
"We worked on homework assigned in the chapter regarding antiderivatives and definite integrals. She displayed a strong retention of concepts we covered last time. She was able to talk through many problems with only my supervision."
"In this session we covered place values with decimals. The student had told me that she had been working on place values in school last week but that they have moved on to adding and subtracting decimals. To reinforce her knowledge on place values I had her do a work sheet where she had to identify the different place values and how to correctly write them. She was unable to do this and did not know the correct place values and what they actually mean. The student still needs lots of extra work on place values and decimals."
"The student did very well today. We reviewed the math concepts we went over last week. He said he felt that he did very well on his test, only not knowing one question. We then worked on changing variable multiplication problems into variable division problems. We also broke ground on word problems."
"Today we worked through simplifying roots and changing exponential forms in order to better understand what's happening in each problem. The student has a fantastic attitude which will serve him well in all of his academic endeavors and showed a remarkable tenacity in attacking today's problems. We will have another session after the holiday's are over."
"The student and I worked on her algebra homework covering inequalities and her biology homework about taxonomy. On her algebra homework, The student struggled with starting the more complex problems (involving more than one operation at a time), so I gave her some tips about how to simplify them (such as physically writing parentheses where they were implied). Once they were simplified, she was able to complete the problem. With her biology homework, the student understood the concepts being covered, so we used her notebook to look up the vocabulary words she couldn't remember. I did not leave any extra practice problems for either subject, and I have no concerns about this session."
"We reviewed the previous quiz and some previous homeworks in preparation for an upcoming quiz on Tuesday. We covered how to calculate exterior angles, remembering different types of triangles and their properties, and focused primarily on medians, angle bisectors, perpendicular bisectors, altitudes, and centroids. We made flash cards for her to study (her idea, brilliant!) and went over everything we could."