Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Initial session for chemistry prep. Reviewed goals with the parent; went over general test requirements for SAT II Chemistry exam with the student and did 2/3 of a practice test to assess current status. Finally, scheduled next nine sessions."
"The student and I worked out all of the problems from her practice test with explanations of key concepts that might appear on today's test. We also explored Chapter 4 in the textbook and the concepts included with Chapter 4, which will be crucial for the test. We ended the session by doing several example review problems and other problems on which the student had specifically expressed concerned."
"Finished covering the grammar section. Student needs assistance with the general questions such as "where does this sentence belong" and "what is the best transition" but is doing better. We then moved onto the math section, where though working slower, she actually is doing quite well. I taught her some quick tricks to help her speed up her time on that section."
"Spent most of our time going over math. Spent remainder on reading comprehension. I stressed to him the importance of looking at the material on a regular basis."
"The student and I worked through the end of a practice math test. The student did well on this portion of the test. She only missed 2 or 3 problems. We reworked the practice problems she missed while working on her own. She had missed more in this section of the test because it was heavy on Geometry. I left the student a practice test to work through on her own this evening. I also created for her a "cheat sheet" of difficult concepts to study tonight and review before the test tomorrow."
"Today we worked on the homework due this week-covering uniform circular motion, and more complicated multiple mass systems with friction. We started review for next week's test by doing some more practice with more of the difficult questions."
"Today the student and I focused on math section of the placement test. She took a practice test this week and the scores were: 460 in math, 420 in reading, 420 in writing. This is better than last practice test she took, but she still needs to improve to be a solid applicant for her top choice for college, TCU. Today we went over the three math sections, working through all of the problems she missed and didn't understand. This week she is taking the preliminary test and then next week we'll tackle reading and writing."
"The student and I met today to prepare for his chemistry test tomorrow. We hadn't been working on chemistry at all this semester, so we had a lot of information to cover. We talked about the parts of an atom - proton, neutron, and election - and their respective charges and masses. We defined a Dalton and an Angstrom. We discussed ions, why they form, and what charges they would have. We practiced finding the nuclear symbol and using mass number and atomic number to determine how many protons, neutrons, and electrons are in an atom. Finally, we talked about isotopes and how to calculate atomic mass from relative abundances (and vice versa)."
"We went over the student's math test that he took this week, focusing on linear modeling, quadratic equations, and complex numbers. He is having a bit of trouble with learning the subject material during class, so the session involved not only teaching the information on a one-on-one basis, but also strategies on how to learn and approach math problems that he's not necessarily comfortable with in the future. We will be meeting again soon to get him up to speed on his course material in math, as well as covering some new material in his other class."
"Worked with the student on a geography project (isolating different places on a map), which we used to talk about the significance of those places. Worked with him on his math, making sure to emphasize the fact that he has to check his work as he goes and be careful not to skip steps."
"The student brought in an argument section she worked, and we went over both the questions she got right and the ones she got wrong. Drilled a bit more on quantifiers and strengthen/weaken-EXCEPT questions in particular. Wrote up a flaw question drill for her to work through via email."
"We finished reviewing the critical reading practice we began last session as well as reviewed a few reading and vocabulary exercises I gave her to work on. We then reviewed the writing section with two practice tests which generated a focus on grammar for next time."