Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Based on all the math we have worked on together and that the student has attempted on her own, I think that her weakness in the math section is geometry, as well as the grid-in answers. We have been working on improving in both of these areas. We have also been spending a fair amount of time on ratios and proportions. I think that she is definitely getting better at these types of problems. I told her I want her to make a formula card to get all the important and useful formulas consolidated to one location, which I think will help her in recognizing when to use them and help her to memorize them. Soon I will have her take another practice test, and begin working with her more on the reading and writing portions, since our primary focus thus far has been math."
"The student and I continued working on the geometry review assignment that we started the previous Sunday. He practiced using slopes to determine if lines were parallel or perpendicular. He seems to have a better grasp of this concept. He also seems to have a better understanding of proofs and the logical order the steps needed to complete the proof. We also worked on a physics assignment involving potential and kinetic energy."
"Today we reviewed random problems similar to the problems on the practice exams. We also made a list of strengths and weaknesses to come up with a scope for the next sessions. Beginning with the next session, we will have a topic of focus for each week."
"Topics Covered: Assessment exam. Algebra & Trig Progress: We began by reviewing the outstanding questions and issues from last session. We continued reviewing the practice exams that were gathered and the student does really well with the material. She is one smart cookie. She takes excellent notes and is able to recall things she learned in class and apply them to the assessment exam questions. She rushes through her solutions and we're making progress on slowing this down. Her knowledge of the material allows us to spend time expediting solutions from the available options instead of spending too much time on working them out in their entirety. It is a true pleasure to work with her and I am confident she will achieve success in her assessment exam."
"Student 1: we discussed and worked on some problems from the student's new unit. We covered summing, subtracting, multiplying and dividing functions. We also began discussing composition of functions. Student 2: today we completed homework on experiment design. We discussed identifying explanatory variable, subjects, response variable, factor and treatments. We also discussed charting experiments, double blind, placebo, confounding variables and lurking variables."
"The student and I went over his practice test on probability. He does well with the simple probability but could use a little more work on the more complex problems and formulas. These things we will be working on tomorrow."
"The student and I discussed a few of the exam basics (what are the different sections, how long the sections are, what kinds of questions are covered), and we also discussed his goals for what he'd like to score on the test. The two of us went through a few sample questions to get a base-line of where he needs the most help and what sections are the most confusing for him"
"As requested, the student wrote an essay last night. We reviewed the essay. We also did an extensive grammar review, concentrating on subject-verb agreement - this was an area in which she needed to improve. She seemed to understand this material well, and was able to put it into immediate use. We also completed a math section together; by watching how she approached the questions, I tried to help her speed up a bit without sacrificing quality. She will take the test next Saturday."
"Today we worked on public speaking practice. Both students read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address aloud several times in a recorded session (to be provided them by email). After several readings with discussion and coaching, the students read another assigned book. We did a discussion of differences between reading prose and poetry, worked on line breaks, breath control, and pacing. They each improved considerably during the session as they gained familiarity with the material and incorporated comments and observations into subsequent recitations."
"The student had a test review to complete. He did this well, with a few minor errors. I had him review translating words into algebraic expressions. We then reviewed for his environmental science test."
"We covered probability and confidence intervals. The student was very respectful and insightful. She got the hang out of the binomial, union, and interval equations. We touched base on the confidence intervals. Next time, we will cover confidence intervals in more details."
"We went over problems involving sound waves and beat frequencies. We also covered the Doppler effect and standing waves. We covered about a half dozen problems on these topics."