Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on word problems. He still sometimes reads the problems quickly, overlooking important details. However, he is getting more aware of this. He knows how to figure out the problems. His math skills are good. He also worked on math facts, grams and kilograms and math factors. He read a story about sunken treasure. The story emphasized "order". The student had a good concept about order and the difference it makes in a story. He does so well when he comes to a difficult word. He does not give up. He either chunks the word out or uses the context around the word to get the correct reading."
"The student and I focused on the reading and math sections of the SAT today, going over four sections -- two of each -- that she had been assigned for homework. She performed very well on reading, and is showing improvement on the math."
"Worked with the client to help her catch up in her chemistry course. I helped her do practice problems, problems from the book, correct her old chemistry quiz, and instructed her on how to study for the upcoming test that would be most time effective for her."
"Completed three logic games against the clock and then reviewed. Worked through another three logic games, working on developing strategies for the different sequence prompts- both those that are entirely relative and those that have concrete positions."
"The student should stick with the strategies that I've taught her for critical reading. She is prepared in grammar, but her essay could be improved more. I would like the student to use more tone in her writing in order to improve the usually bland SAT essay into something eye-catching. She should practice math more, as she does not remember some reoccurring question types. Ultimately, there are two things to do to prepare for the SAT: practice and summarize your mistakes."
"Did complete review of all chapters completed thus far. Topics included; solving linear inequalities, multiplying polynomials, factoring polynomials, writing equations of lines, and finding range of functions provided the domain. He is doing very well."
"We finished the student's first book and then started on a second together. With the first story, we analyzed symbols and motifs and discussed a potential theme. The student understood the protagonist's blurred perception of reality and was able to explain the changes in character throughout the story. After we read the latter story, we discussed theme; He seemed to understand this story well and had no difficulty with comprehension."
"The student and I continued to work on forces and Newton's second law. We solved many problems on this topic. We also talked about friction, the formula for friction, and applied Newton's second law to problems containing friction. Then we talked about air resistance and terminal velocity."
"We are in the last week of preparation, and the student has been struggling to handle the problems on her own. She has a practice exam this week and will hopefully gain some confidence and independence from that practice."
"Today both students were working on right triangles, and how to find sides using Pythagorean theorem. We also went over how to find out whether a triangle is acute or obtuse based on those observations, and special right triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90)."
"Today I met with the student for the first time in 3 weeks to cover her current geometry material. They are doing 3-d geometry, mostly focused on volumes. I provided an alternative perspective for the formula for finding the volume of a pyramid and a prism so that it could be generalized to arbitrary bases. I then showed how the equations that the student has memorized are specific cases of this idea. I also demonstrated a good method for unit conversions, which came up for the last two problems, and I think that the student got it (which is good because it's entirely new material in this context). We were able to get through her entire homework assignment, and she worked through the last two problems on her own, with the exception of my teacher her unit conversions."
"The student and I kept going with "Brave New World." We went over the chapters he read and talked about the plot and characters. These sessions seem especially useful to him."