Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Introduction to motion and kinematic equations. We worked through practice problems and reinforced core concepts and problem-solving methods. We created a note card with all important equations and used it to solve problems more efficiency."
"Today the student and I worked on physics. They are studying Newton's 2nd Law (F=ma) and he had a worksheet to complete. Last time I had asked him to try to work on his homework before we met, so that we can use the time instead focusing on the tricky aspects. His worksheet consisted of questions focusing on finding mass, acceleration, force, and weight. We reviewed topics such as resultant forces, acceleration due to gravity, and the differences between mass and weight. By the end of the session he seemed to have a good grasp on all the topics covered in his worksheet."
"During our session today, the student and I reviewed for her chemistry test tomorrow on phase changes, physical and chemical properties, solving for molarity and the proper usage of Avogadro's number. Initially, she expressed great concern about her ability to do well on the exam. She showed me an assignment from class that was supposed to be turned in earlier in the week, but she did not turn it in because she said she was not able to complete it due to its difficulty. By the end of our session she explained that she felt much better about the material, particularly the mathematical portion. She still did not have her text book available to use as a reference or study guide, but she promised me that she would pick it up from the library before our next meeting."
"The student brought a four-page business analysis document discussing the problems and solutions for a corporation's IT system. This analysis is an assignment in one of his MBA courses. As we went over the document together, he was able to catch some of the errors he had in word choice, grammar, and sentence structure. I felt that he had a good understanding of how and why the essay needed some revision. He has excellent skills in developing and organizing an essay, and he is also improving in the areas of grammar, word choice, and sentence structure."
"The student is making great progress with the new chapters he is reading from his textbook. He actually seemed excited about Napoleon and some of the topics covered in the most recent chapter. He's really making great strides with his approach to new assignments. We also did some review of earlier material with multiple choice questions from AP European History practice tests. I am going to email him some of these questions, and we're going to figure out a way to help him improve his ability with multiple choice tests."
"In today's session, we began working on free response questions that covered a large amount of the material that we have discussed this year. The newest material we covered related to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and the area function. With this, we can change the variable of integration as well as discover properties of the parent function, the derivative and the second derivative. As we went through the many parts of the question together, we discussed logically why each answer was correct and how that made sense. We spent a great deal of time discussing integrating from right to left rather than left to right. This was especially pertinent when we were trying to determine whether the area was increasing or decreasing. We will continue working on problems like this to review past material and prepare for the exam."
"In our second session together, we reviewed the partial SAT practice test the student had completed and discussed strategies for the math portion of the SAT. Drawing from material in the SAT book, we hit upon the stranger aspects like definitions of math terms, permutations and combinations, and deciphering complex algebraic word problems."
"We covered a mock science test for the state test. He did well on the science practice test on a study website. He scored over 80% and seemed confident. We also touched on some social studies topics."
"The student and I discussed the AP World History test and his studying plan. We focused on the ACT English during our session. He needs to build his skills in grammar, and we will work on that together before practicing the ACT English again."
"The student worked on his addition and subtraction homework. He also completed a questionnaire from his teacher about himself, completed his spelling, and we read. The student still needs a little assistance in finding a missing number (ex. 32+ ____ = 70), and we have been using a number line, which seems to help."
"The student and I worked on pre-algebra, fractions and study skills for his upcoming test. He is really progressing in math since we started working together last summer -- his confidence is way up and his grades have gone up. He's got an A-!"
"Today we worked on limits more extensively. We were looking at the idea of continuity at certain points of a function. We also worked on graphing continuity functions appropriately. I think she is getting the grasp of limits, but there is some work to be done on more complex problems and how to understand how to read the mathematical language of word problems. We also realized that we may need to move a little faster. Though this section was harder, we did not cover as much as we wanted to. Next time, we will move faster."