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Academic Tutoring in Louisville, KY
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement. We help students achieve their full academic potential by connecting them with brilliant tutors who understand how to transfer the exact practical skills and knowledge necessary to achieve superior academic performance. Tutors teach the right material, not just more material. Tutoring is highly individualized and based upon the needs of each student, and focus is given to classroom material and the reinforcement of fundamental concepts.
These selected Louisville, KY tutors know what it's like to be in school and understand exactly what is needed in order to be successful. Through one-on-one tutoring, relationships are formed that greatly enhance students' enjoyment of the sessions and the benefit that they receive from them.
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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
The student worked on his homework on solving quadratic equations by factoring. He is doing very well on this section. He received a C on his test on binomials, so we did more review. We then did several practice problems factoring binomials, after which he felt more confident. He is able to do a retake of the test on Tuesday. I pulled out some word problems using systems of equations for review. He did a great job retaining information, and it was a good refresher.
We talked about the student's polygons from math and then reviewed word problems. I also chatted with her mom, who is going to e-mail her teacher to find out what is ahead in math so we can help the student get ahead.
We worked on English and Math. He is getting a stronger handle of his math work. We also looked at some History assignments.
We worked on inverse trigonometric functions and their respective graphs. The previous emphasis made on unit circle and graphing trig functions has paid off for the student. Her understanding of arcsin arccos and arctan is good due to solid foundations on unit circles and radians.
We worked on simplifying rational expressions. We then reviewed how to add and subtract rational expressions. After a quick review, we completed several of these types of problems. The student had no problem with the material.
We completed passages that involved genetics, genetic transmission, inheritance, and viruses and bacteria and on acids and base titrations from the book and online. Overall, the student did well in most of the biology passages and questions that we completed during this session, and I have continually seen improvement in his ability to reason through the questions in a timely and accurate manner. However, he did have some problems comprehending and understanding the acids and bases passages and the meaning of the titration curve. I instructed him to please complete additional passages on titrations as I still feel that he has weaknesses in this topic.
We went over the new material. He picked up on it very quickly and only made a few mistakes toward the end. I made a test review sheet for him to use going over product, quotient, and chain rule as well as some sample problems that combine multiple rules.
A total of 3 essays (approximately 600 words per essay) were thoroughly edited. The student and I discussed many important concepts in composition, such as style (passive voice vs. active, diction, etc.) and grammar (idiomatic constructions, verb tense, punctuation, etc.). He was a pleasure to work with. He is bright, focused, mature about and open to constructive criticism, and ready to apply himself. Overall, I believe we achieved a great deal, not only by polishing his essays mechanically, but also by thinking critically about how we can make the content tighter and more compelling.
The student had some trouble using half angle formulas in pre-calc, especially for derivations. We reviewed the usage of these formulas, and he seemed able to use them appropriately. For increasing his speed on tests, I strongly recommended making flashcards of degrees/radians/sines/cosines/tangents so that he is able to quickly remember these. In biology, I discussed basic genetics, recessive, dominant, and incomplete dominant traits and calculating proportions of offspring with different phenotypes and genotypes (using eye color or height as an example).
Continuing to prepare for the upcoming assessment exam, the student and I reviewed the topic of logarithms. This included converting exponents to logs and logs to exponent, learning and applying the rules of logarithms and solving logarithmic equations. The topic is a little challenging, but he understood it after I showed him sample problems. He was able to complete most of the problems on his own after that. We also continued to practice problems from past assessment exams, covering all of the topics we have worked on previously. He continues to do very well remembering and applying all we have covered.
We went over the college admissions process, from test taking to what to expect on the Common App to the differences in schools (e.g., Liberal Arts vs. larger universities). We talked through the ACT and SAT, planned out which exams to take and when, and pinpointed weaknesses and what to be done. We then walked through some geometry questions and went through some of the basics of the circle/polygonal geometry. By the next session, the entirety of the quadrilaterals section, one essay on the Second Amendment, and one complete SAT exam from the test prep book all need to be completed.
Today we covered Punnett squares, a little algebra dealing with variables in the exponents, and we studied reading comprehension for the SAT. When studying for the SAT, we consistently covered various ways to effectively answer each question, what to look out for in multiple choice questions, and the general idea that it is better to guess than not to answer at all.