Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed where the student has struggled in the past and helped him to identify opportunities to improve test taking. Upon completing understanding of previously missed concepts, we did some prep questions for the test he had coming up on Friday. His mastery over the new material was better than that with which he had struggled previously. Confidence has improved and understanding the importance of double checking work will help save him some points on tests as well."
"Student A: We went through problems in the book in order to prepare for a quiz tomorrow. The primary focus was on plotting points using polar coordinates, and converting polar coordinates into rectangular coordinates, and vice versa. Student B: We reviewed a few small questions she had on her homework. Then we spent some time going over the next sections of the book, focusing on the geometric rules governing rectangles, rhombi, and squares."
"The student and I began our session by reviewing his nonfiction piece of writing. Then, we used texts to model beginning stories with rhyme. He then developed his own rhymes. Our session concluded with a writing assignment for next time. He did a really great job of using creative ideas in his writing."
"The student and I reviewed the parts of the essays she had written since our last meeting. We nearly finalized her essay on her work and how that has been significant to her. We also developed her other essay on the most influential person in her life, which we should be able to finalize next week. Finally, we outlined a structure for her main personal statement. That essay will be the main focus of our next meeting since it is the most important among the rest. Therefore, the goals for next week are to: (1) Finish a complete draft of her personal statement, (2) Finalize the essay on the most influential person in her life (3) Draft outlines and approaches to the various school-specific essays she has left."
"Today was an in depth review of grammar rules and strategies for the writing section of the test. They're both doing pretty well with it for the most part, although there were 3 or 4 questions that posed some issues. I'm pretty confident in both of their abilities on this section."
"The student and I began to review the topics that her Friday exam will cover (metabolism and genetics). Today, I walked through the switch that takes place between aerobic and anaerobic respiration, as well as the physiological utility of fermentation. We discussed how glycolysis, the tri-carboxylic acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation function as a network. Next, I went into greater depth in reviewing the details of glycolysis and the tricarboxylic acid cycle. We also began to review enzyme activity and the various forms of inhibition and stress that can be put on an enzymatic pathway. She then went through the topics in genetics that she would like me to review in our next session."
"The student and I spent the entire session working on synonym and analogy questions. The student still struggles with synonyms, but he's improving, and his analogy skills have continued to improve well. "
"More practice with Tuesday's topics. Basic greetings, expressions for understanding (like "I don't remember" "I don't know" "How do you say ___?" "Please repeat that" etc., very useful in foreign language studies!), and the alphabet. Today we broke it up into 4 groups, letters that are the same in the Roman alphabet, letters that look like Roman alphabet but represent different sounds, letters that look different but have equivalent sounds in English, and new sounds. We're starting to practice reading and word recognition. "
"We started with a brief review of algebraic equations then quickly progressed into geometry. I showed her how to solve more complex geometric equations by subdividing the problem into smaller parts, solving those smaller easier parts, then bringing that information together to solve the bigger question."
"The student and I continued to prepare for his calculus test and AP exam. We reviewed chapter 6 on differential equations, and also reviewed previous sections in order to answer questions. We talked about Simpson's rule and the trapezoidal rule, as well as reducing error in estimating the area under curves that do not have antiderivatives. Lastly, we began talking about the disk, washer, and shell method for finding the volumes of solids composed by rotating graphs around an axis. He's doing great!"
"The student worked on a character identification essay. She worked specifically on writing a thesis, using transitions, and explaining ideas thoroughly. Afterward, she worked on ratios and probabilities."
"Met with the student today to help her prepare for a test next week covering combinations and basic set theory. We worked through homework problems with nCr and nPr combinations and set unions, intersections and inverses. The session went well and she seems well prepared for the exam."