Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on organic chemistry worksheets during both of these sessions. He is just beginning organic chemistry, so he is comfortable with the material thus far. I'm sure it will become more difficult, but for now he has just been doing his homework worksheets and I check them and talk to him about problems as he goes. During both sessions, we also worked on his geometry problem sets - he has a test on Monday and he is doing very well with this material. If he focuses on his test and works through the problems without getting annoyed and moving on, he will do very well."
"We worked on the number line again today (1-30). I made number cards (one number on each card) and asked the student to put them in order least to greatest and greatest to least. Then we worked on which number comes before and which comes after. She still does not quite grasp this. It could be some difficulty with mastering the meaning of before and after. Then I gave her 3-4 cards all out of sequence and asked her to put them in order least to greatest/greatest to least. She did this quite well. "
"The student and I met from 9:07 to 10:37. We went over some of the missed questions from her classwork that was submitted. She had received an 88 on that assignment and we went over all of the missed problems. One of the missed problems was due to the answer being positive and she had written the negative answer. Other than that we did some basic trig review and review of the inverse trig functions. She will be getting her final exam review this week and we are set to meet on Thursday afternoon."
"Worked with the student on science homework, specifically the building of Lewis dot structures for a variety of different chemical compounds. Discussed the intricacies of spacing and positioning in various structures with interior electron pairs. Good session."
"We covered the topics of derivatives involving logs and ones that involve inverse trigonometry functions. She seems to be struggling much more with these advanced derivatives. It is imperative that she practices derivatives as much as she can, particularly the advanced ones, before we can move on to integrals and advanced integrals."
"In our second to last session before the test, we buckled down on math again, though we did review the essay she had written for homework as well. The student's writing is quite impressive, and she is more confident with the math. She is working much more carefully and making fewer errors."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed her graded English pronoun test that she recently received. I asked her to explain to me each concept and why she answered certain questions incorrectly. We also discussed tips/tricks on how to identify simple pronoun mistakes in sentence correction type problems. The second half of our session was dedicated to revising her school admissions essay. The prompt was to write a story as if you were lost in an amusement park. Her writing is on par with her grade level. The content and story line were readable and interesting. She mainly worked on improving the story's flow and technical grammar. Next week, we will focus on ISEE writing and prepare for her English/Literature final exams."
"The student and I spent this session going over his outline and clarifying how to transition into writing a first draft. We focused on how to structure the paper and how to avoid getting hung up on details in the first draft."
"We reviewed GRE verbal theory as well as GRE math theory and did a number of problems which revolved around plugging in and using variables to approximate equations. We discussed a strategy for the next week to prepare for the exam."
"She scored a 30 on English, 29 on math, 32 on reading, and 29 on science. She got an 8 on her essay. We did a practice English section and she scored a 32 and a practice math section and she scored a 33. I asked her to do English and math for homework."
"This lesson was all about vocabulary. We started by playing some games with our old vocabulary words. Then I had the student take an online test, and we made flash cards for the words she didn't recognize."
"We went over section 3.4 and completed the homework for that assignment. Then we started the Chapter 3 review and got through sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3. The student's test will be next week on these sections. Once she does a little bit more review she will be ready for the test."