Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some polynomial equation problems for algebra and some specific heat, enthalpy, and heat transfer problems in review for her upcoming chemistry test. The student is doing really well and is able to grasp the material quickly."
"Reviewed basic calculus principles, including techniques/rules needed to solve for limits and continuity type questions. Practiced problems from AP Calculus book, and next time will plan to review U-substitution for integration problems to prepare for next unit of integration by parts."
"The student and I met from 11:30 to 1pm. We discussed the grades from last semester and also his grade for the six weeks which were all A's and B's. We discussed some organizational techniques that would help him in the long run. We started by working on chemistry, which involved ionic bonds and naming of compounds before moving to algebra 2 and working on quadratic equations. We are set to meet again this weekend if possible, if not next week."
"3/4 of the hour was devoted to reading a biography about Amelia Earhart. We worked on recognizing mistakes while reading and correcting them, as well as reading comprehension. We used the remaining time to work on some math involving money."
"The student and I talked about the general structure of the reading questions on the SAT. I showed him an SAT practice question section, and went over different tools for studying. We discussed reading comprehension strategies in depth, and considering his abilities, I think the strategy that will benefit him most is to read the question and possible answers before the paragraphs so that he knows what keywords to be looking for. He's very enthusiastic and articulates his reasoning well, so our main priority will remain effective time management."
"Showed more improvement in Writing. Greek and Latin roots that I gave him to copy on to index cards are starting to come in handy. He's using them for words in Critical Reading."
"Covered Strand 1 and half of Strand 2 problems. Discussed some of the important terms the student needs to work on the vocabulary for some of the "math" aspect. He also needs to work on the multiplication tables."
"Today the student and I worked on SAT math. She had done all of the math sections on a practice SAT. Her math score for this test was a 630, which is really good because, of the three sections, math is the weakest. I think she can qualify for automatic academic admission to her college of choice since she is in the top quarter of her class. To qualify she needs to score at least 1300 composite math and reading, with at least a 600 in both sections, which is definitely doable for her. She is taking the PSAT tomorrow, so we can see how that goes, since that is a really good predictor of success on the SAT."
"We focused on logarithms today, which by extension included exponential functions as well. We covered the derivation of the logarithm, converting between logs and exponents, then the rules of logarithms by doing many examples from the book. I also contrived some simple problems for practice since the student seemed to be confusing negative numbers and negative exponents. After a few practice problems, she seemed confident with the material."
"The student and I started the session by studying his spelling words. He reviewed contractions and played a file folder game that match the words to the appropriate contraction. He re-read chapter 1 from his 2nd grade chapter book, Flat Stanley."
"We went over electron configuration and periodic table trends (electro negativity, nuclei radius, etc.) We covered more thermochemistry and did practice problems that the student did not completely understand from the previous week."
"Covered mostly logic games and a bit of reasoning. The student's performance on games was fast and proficient. He is working on a few practice games to see how he performs during testing conditions."