Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the essay questions for the college and brainstormed specific topics and details she can discuss for each essay. We also discussed possible topics for the optional third essay which she will complete to add to her application. When we meet again, we will review the rough drafts of the first two essays and begin editing."
"The student worked on his 2 big projects with October due dates - the cultural audit and the HR case study. He had done some research for me which we reviewed and discussed how to use in the paper. I gave him some assignments to do over the next week including writing introductions for both projects."
"I had made a blank copy of the practice exam for the student and we went over some of the questions in it. I was happy to see that she had an intuitive grasp of pH and buffers, but she still needs to study more to do well on the test. From looking at how all her previous exams were structured, it is clear to me that her final exam will mimic the format of these practice sheets she's been given. So I told her to try to complete the test once I left and use the exam keys to understand everything that she missed."
"This was our introductory session. We talked about her past math classes as well as first semester of this year's class. We worked on homework together on topics including rates of change as well as composition of functions. At the end of the session, she had a good grasp of the two topics we discussed and worked out together."
"Having covered what he is learning in class, I introduced the student to the future tense and the present perfect tense. He'll need to know these in the near future, either at the end of this year or next year."
"The student and I worked on her proofreading skills. We read passages that had errors in them and I let her correct the mistakes. We went back after her corrections and talked about the ones she missed. There was some issues about using quotations, but after we talked about it, she was able to correctly implement what she learned in the next set of passages."
"Started by looking at the student's homework from last time. A few of his mistakes had to do with not understanding particular concepts (cubed roots, for instance), but the majority of errors were again related to carelessness. We discussed relevant concepts and then worked through some quant. achievement problems, emphasizing accuracy."
"Today we worked on the student's chemistry homework, which was predominantly on the VSEPR Theory. In particular, the worksheet required her to draw the Lewis Dot structure of different compounds and then determine their molecular geometries and bond angles. She got better with this the more examples we did, and I encouraged her to do a few more. The latter part of the worksheet covered ionic bonding, crystal lattice structure, and molecular polarity. She needed some explanation of these concepts, but she understood once we discussed them."
"We went over his assignments and solidified his understanding of Hyperbolas (i.e., How to find the standard form, vertices, center, conjugate points, and foci). He was able to maintain focus throughout the session, and was engaged in the learning process. We drew graphs on my whiteboard because I believed this topic would be best taught through diagrams."
"Today the student and I worked more on reading and discussed a response for his online forum for class. I decided to focus the session on having him recall details from the story, since that seems to be his biggest challenge. He was able to recall most details. Student 2 and I worked on reading a story and writing a short summary. We did a few exercises and read another story. I like to provide her with new stories so she can focus on sounding words out. She did a great job today with some particularly difficult ones (names of dinosaurs)."
"This was my first meeting with the student, and things went very smoothly. We covered Hess' law and general thermodynamics including heat of reaction and enthalpy. We also worked on a lab regarding the same material."
"The student had actually probably written too much on the most recent draft, reintroducing more sprawling and non-logically progressing ideas with weaker use of quotes and citation. The student and I discussed fixing things and reforming them for the better and was the easiest it has been."