Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Met the student and learned more about his upcoming algebra exit exam. We worked through his online math homework, doing problems on factoring and exponents. We then did many problems involving graphing and solving systems of equations. I gave him a worksheet on coordinate geometry to complete before tomorrow."
"The student and I reviewed the math problems she'd done, and then we practiced geometry problems since those are the ones she needs to get better at. We did a few analogy problems and then went over a couple of reading comprehension passages. She requested that we focus on math since she is not reviewing the same concepts in school."
"The student and I went over her previous test. We corrected the incorrect answers and I explained to her any questions that she still had. She now knows how to correct some minor mistakes, such as distributing a number that is written in subscript to the whole set of parentheses and that mass of an atom is written in Amu, but mass of a mole of atoms is written in grams. She is going to continue to do more practice problems before I come back tomorrow to answer questions and help her review for the test on Thursday."
"Since this was an introductory session, I spent some time surveying the student about English and History: what they are learning about, what his grades look like, what he is struggling with, what he would like help with, and what he anticipates in the upcoming weeks. In English, he is studying weekly vocabulary and a translated version of the Odyssey; they are tested on reading comprehension and vocabulary in a multiple choice format. His History exams are also in a multiple choice format, currently focused on religion in the Roman Empire. He has finals in mid-December. He and I then studied the two latest sections in his History book and reviewed questions. I gave him tips on how to use the resources he has and in what order when studying history."
"Topics covered in today's session: - areas and surfaces/volumes - definition of integration - substitution integration - integration by parts - trigonometric integration We also did several examples in each of the topics, the student had better understanding of the materials after explanation with examples."
"During this session the student and I covered the first three chapters of her biology subject review book. We covered basic cell biology, enzymes, and cell metabolism. She seems to have a good background in the topics. I also think talking through the concepts helped her gain a deeper, more thorough understanding which will help her on the exam."
"I'm seeing great improvement! We covered most organic chemistry today: Carboxylic acid derivatives, have a general idea of reactivity Nucleophilic substitutions- and their key differences; Sn1 vs Sn2 Elimination reactions parallel substitution reactions: E1 vs. E2 Radical reactions: initiation, propagation, termination Amino acids: zwitterion, isoelectric point, pH, side groups Keep up the good work."
"We went over some organic chemistry. The student understood everything, but just needed to go over some of the specifics on naming. Going over this material should be a huge help when discussing later chapters."
"We went over Biology material including mitosis, meiosis, oogenesis, spermatogenesis, and various other topics within the first 4 chapters of the test prep book. We set up a plan for verbal and her material until our next session next week. No concerns."
"The student and I reviewed the concepts involved with circuits. This included currents, voltage, resistance, resistors, and the methods for adding resistors in both series and parallel configurations. For homework, I assigned her a practice test."
"Math review worksheet for homework. Fractions, decimals, conversions, square roots, cube roots, area, volume, etc. He had some trouble approaching the problems, but once I reminded him how, he was fine. Also finished the first half of grammar homework and left him to finish the second half."
"We went through several homework assignments on vectors - calculating the x and y components, determining which quadrant a vector is in, and finding R and theta from the x and y components. The student had a couple of questions on how to get started, but was able to complete most of the correctly on his own. I gave him some extra problems at the end that reviewed each topic, and he answered them all perfectly. We also reviewed the concepts in the graphing lab that we completed last time."