Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I went over the review for his algebra final. We covered basic function operations, focusing on linear and quadratic systems. We also did a number of word problems and talked about strategies for solving them."
"With the Mathematics prep section completed, the student and I moved on to the Reading prep section, covering her prep book's general Reading overview as well as the section on identifying distracters. The student had little trouble with most of the tips and practice; however, she struggles to identify switch-based distracters, in part because she rushes to choose answers upon seeing familiar keywords in the answer. We also began to go over the pros and cons of a four-step approach to ACT Reading questions; She promised to complete that final Reading section on her own before our meeting next weekend."
"The student and I worked on addition, subtraction, and multiplication of binomials for her math homework. She understands the topic. We also worked on a lab. She's currently studying momentum and a history assignment on the Civil War."
"Student requested continued help with Algebra-based Physics coursework. Specific topics during the session included: * Derived and explained the concept of moment of inertia. * Understanding of application of Newton's second law in rotational systems. * Understanding of concept of torque and how to calculate it. * Applications of kinematic formulas (under constant acceleration) to rotational systems. * Introduction to the concept of rotational energy. * Continued review of Algebra skills as relevant to the coursework. * Review of topics covered during session to increase understanding and retention. Results: Continued encouragement of good study habits and review of Algebra fundamentals. Student requested next appointment for: Friday, June 15th at 2:00pm to go over Algebra and Physics."
"Today we explored block design, and took turns in creating and replicating. He played a game with these concepts and aced the first several levels! The only problem questions were ones involving math (e.g.. 3 bananas to 5 bananas = 2 oranges to 4 oranges). He also completed coding exercises verbally using colored sheets. I periodically inserted comprehension, vocabulary, and similarity questions throughout the session."
"Today we focused mostly on the writing section of the PSAT. We used her book to evaluate what kind of grammar rules she struggled with, and worked specifically with subject verb agreement when interrupted with appositive phrases."
"This was the evening before the students final in biology, so we just reviewed topics she wanted to cover. These included mitosis, meiosis, translation, transcription, and the cell cycle. We reviewed the material and then I would ask a few quiz questions to see if she had retained and understood the material. She seemed to know the subjects and we both felt good about her preparations for her final."
"In our initial session, the student and her friend had questions for their next unit test which covered chapters 22-25. We went over the essay questions for the test. 1) Darwin's voyage and his theory of natural selection and how we see proof through population genetics, molecular biology and embryology. 2) Sympatric speciation (due to environmental change) and the different mechanisms that cause it: habitat isolation, temporal isolation, behavioral isolation, mechanical isolation (examples of each). 3) Phylogeny of organisms in a phylogenetic tree - which ones are more closely related and why (Snakes are cold blooded, other animals are warm blooded, birds, mammals, etc.) 4) Two mechanisms of genetic change: fossil record, homology (morphology) with examples. Then to end the session, I answered some questions from their study guide which would include multiple choice on the exam."
"Today the student and I discussed acids and bases. We worked through problems and solved for pH. We also talked about what equivalence points, titrations, and buffers were. We then prepared for the algebra test she has tomorrow. She has a very strong grasp of logarithmic equations."
"The student and I started completing his online schoolwork. We went over the chapters that covered Pythagorean theorem, ellipses, and circles. Most of this was review for him. We will start calculus once we finish this class."
"The student and I worked through his math homework (subtraction of double digit numbers), and did some more flashcards today! He didn't get the chance to go over last week's assigned flashcards, so we focused on those guys. We added in a few subtraction cards as well. His math homework for the week is now complete, and he has plenty of time to work on flash cards for Saturday."
"We worked on adding and subtracting numbers up to ten. We also discussed odd and even numbers. We read a story and discussed the main points in the book. We also wrote about his favorite holiday (Easter)."