Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over a varied a number of topics as the student had a mock exam where he missed a few. He was instructed by is teacher to go over the ones that he didn't get right. I went over them with him explaining what he did wrong and the correct way to go about the problem."
"The student is doing well answering the reading questions, but she is still struggling with time. We are working on a new test taking strategy that I believe will help with her timing."
"Today the student completed his Biology lab for this unit. It was not too complicated, but it involved a number of steps and then an overall analysis. I helped him to make sure he was following the directions correctly, and assisted him with proper analysis while drawing conclusions. He is doing very well at thoroughly answering questions scientifically, which I am very happy about! We have worked ahead in most of his classes, and will continue to do so so that we can finish early."
"He is getting really good at recognizing the sound pictures we use, and today he did better than usual with distinguishing middle sounds. He's much stronger with the alphabet. He can put most of the letters in order using the Alphabet Song on his own. Today we also started working on describing letter shapes with words in order to help build his visualization skills as well as visual vocabulary. My goal is to start working more with him on blending the individual sounds now that he's starting to get a good sense of each individual sound on its own."
"The class recently shifted towards applications of derivatives, having gone through derivative rules for various functions and combinations of functions. We worked heavily on related rate problems today. Certain formulas from geometry and trigonometry were emphasized here, which required us to review prior concepts from other classes. We discussed a general process for solving these problems, consisting of setting up the picture, identifying variables, recalling relevant formulas, and finally differentiating correctly to yield the desired rate. The student will continue to work on these questions until next time."
"Today, we went over the student's homework from Tuesday's and Wednesday's classes, which mostly consisted of common denominators with variables. After we completed her homework and thoroughly reviewed these concepts, we started reviewing her last semester's topics, such as the slope formula, slope intercept formula, graphing lines with inequalities, etc. This Monday, we'll review homework and class work assigned from Thursday's and Friday's classes."
"This lesson focused on Le Chatelier's principle and equilibrium reactions of gases. The factors that influence equilibrium, the equilibrium constant, and reaction quotient were covered, with worked-out written examples. The student absorbed all this material in one hour. The balance of the session peeked ahead to acid-base chemistry. I will furnish two self-composed tutorials on such in our next meeting."
"We covered the formation and break of glycogen along with the allosteric controls of these enzymes present in these pathways."
"The student wanted to work on his science first. He had three worksheets to complete that were on naming compounds. He has a history test tomorrow and had a study sheet for that. I asked him questions about the information that was on the study sheet and on chapters 19, 20 and 21. I think he was very well prepared for his test tomorrow. This is the last time I will tutor him until after spring break."
"The student and I discussed cellular respiration during our last session. As usual, she was very well prepared and had detailed questions prepared for me to help her understand concepts she was struggling with. We spent a lot of time discussing net ATP production at different stages in cellular respiration, NADH/FADH2, the concept of oxidation and reduction, and where different processes occur within the cell. We also started looking ahead to her next chapter in genetics and we discussed genotypes, phenotypes, and Punnet squares. She is doing very well and our session was very productive!"
"Today, we worked on understanding probability. We also worked on homework involving percents, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers. The student has a decent understanding of the material but needs someone to guide her a bit and work problems using different math rules, and approaches. She is not apparently struggling with any material in particular."
"This meeting was a discussion of her final project, focusing on the representation, storage, and traversal of unweighted graphs."