Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a very productive session today. We started by reviewing the Spanish homework due tomorrow and then the student got the World History assignments for Friday and next Monday done early. We then did a run-through of the math material to make sure he has a good grasp of the exponent rules. Finally, we did a review of the new Spanish vocab to get a head-start for next week."
"Today the student brought in his trigonometry and APUSH homework and corresponding textbooks. We worked together to solve some rather trickily-worded problems about triangle theory and specifically, the law of sines. The biggest struggle with these was making sure diagrams were drawn correctly, but when we took the time to do so he was able to solve problems easily. After finishing trig homework, the student was able to begin his fill-out-as-you-read-along packet for APUSH."
"Our session began with the student describing microscopic science exploration she did in her Chemistry class today. She expressed enthusiasm and delight at examining 'nematodes'; a sign her passion for learning is building. Next, we reviewed weekly progress reports that the family receives by email. We then proceeded to detail tonight's academic tasks which included reading for Chemistry (30 minutes), and reading notes and Spanish language practice (30 minutes). She has a Spanish midterm exam scheduled for next Tuesday and believes she needs to study over the upcoming weekend to strengthen her pronunciation and speaking skills. Finally, the student, her family and I convened to discuss and decide the need for continuing Study Skills tutoring beyond the currently scheduled sessions. Both the student's parents agreed that they are pleased with her progress and see the need to continue tutoring sessions to aid her in using her study and organizational skills on a consistent, integrated basis."
"Today's lesson was an introduction to circular motion. We broke circular motion into its elements and worked isolated problems involving (a) calculating linear displacement based on angle rotated (b) calculating tangential velocity based on angular velocity (c) calculated centripetal acceleration given linear velocity and radius, and (d) calculated centripetal force given linear velocity, radius and mass. Afterward, we worked on more complex problems assigned by the student's teacher. It seemed to me that having him master each of elements (a)-(d) helped him do the more complex applications quickly. Also, working on the smaller problems introduced him to terminology used over and over, which is helpful for the 'word' part of physics applications."
"The student and I had a great first session! We reviewed for her geometry test on midpoints and complimentary/supplementary angles. She was a quick study and already knew most of what we were talking about, just had to clarify a few things for her. I quizzed her on the subject after the review, and she seemed very competent. Then we moved on to a chemistry review, and we learned her knowledge gaps are a bit more serious in chemistry. We took some time to practice some more basic skills like how to balance an equation before we moved on to traditional Stoic problems involving moles->moles->gram calculations. After I modeled the technique for her, she started to get the gist of it. There's more reviewing to do, but I can see clear lines of progress. The student was very happy with the results! Looking forward to our next session."
"I helped the student to write two personal statements as part of her application for an internship at a university."