Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Topics Covered: Kinematics & Mechanics Progress: She is an excellent student. After some brief introductory questions we began reviewing homework assignments and study guides. We discussed several kinematic problems and were able to relate vector principles to simple geometric logic. The student seems to grasp kinematics best when presented as mathematical models she can understand. Laws of motion assignments were also reviewed. Focus was given to the relationships between displacement, velocity, and acceleration and when to recognize a static or dynamic problem."
"The student and I worked through his economics assignment and discussed the best ways to work through the questions. We discussed how to properly use a supply and demand graph and setting up tables to determine Marginal cost."
"This was the student and I's last meeting. She said the best thing for her was just to do lots of Math practice this session so that's what we worked on. She seems a lot more confident and willing to try problems even if she doesn't understand right away. She takes the actual SAT this weekend."
"The student and I worked on her practice test questions for her math class. After going through all of them, we worked on some of the math problems on her math imagine website. Her problem areas include writing equations from information in word problems and writing the equations of lines. She has made a lot of progress in identifying functional relationships."
"We continued working on understanding the meaning of derivatives and what they say about the original functions. Concavity was also explained and integrated into the previous problems. A small amount of organization for test preparation was given."
"The student and I reviewed a test of hers. We worked on polynomials. We also worked on factoring, the remainder theorem, long division and synthetic division, as well as finding the asymptotes and intercepts of the rational functions."
"The student and I began by reviewing the essay from his practice test, which he had done well on. I described how the essay is scored and gave him a few tips about writing a thesis statement and outlining the essay. We then went over an earlier practice test, focusing primarily on English, since we had done a lot of math last time and he feels more confident with math overall. I suggested some new ways to consider the questions, as well as some tips for finding the right answers based on the grammar rules the SAT often addresses, and we reviewed some vocabulary. For the last part of our session, we worked through a practice math test together, emphasizing the problems that seemed more difficult, and then we went through a list of useful word roots."
"The student and I continued to review her last exam. Some topics we discussed were substituent directing effects in aromatic compounds, formation of double bonds from hydrocarbons, and the synthesis of ethers."
"Before my session with the student, I created two practice worksheets that covered quadratic word problems and factoring. We spent the entire session going through these worksheets so that he could develop a strong base for solving these types of problems. We covered identifying word problems, visualizing and drawing graphs, and identifying what the information on a graph represents."
"The student was reviewing for a test on equilibrium. We discussed Le Chatelier's Principle and how the different stresses affect equilibrium. It took some practice, but he did a good job of identifying the equilibrium shift and the resulting changes in product and reactant concentrations. We also looked at equilibrium constant calculations. We discussed the meaning of larger and smaller values of K."
"I went over a tentative tutoring plan with the student's parents and determined what topics they wanted me to tutor him in. I also spoke with the student to see what his interests were. I left a couple of handouts I wanted him to complete for our next session."
"During this session, we reviewed graphing. The geometry section was also reviewed. He was given questions to complete over the weekend so we reviewed the answers and tied off any loose ends for that section."