Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student & I studied Optimization some more. We moved on to the "new material" - differentials. She seems to understand it pretty well. I suggested she do the first few on her homework, this way she could ask her professor questions during the review if she had them. I reminded her the optimization problems are difficult because there's so many ways to represent the problem that just because the book doesn't have the exact answer doesn't necessarily mean her answer is wrong. She's doing the correct steps."
"We continued preparing for the test over systems of equations. We have been going over how to set up problems, including the reversing the digits ones as well as age problems that involve setting up equations for how old people were an "x" number of years ago."
"The student and I worked on hotel vocabulary in French and she learned the new words very quickly. Most of the vocabulary words were cognates so that was helpful in her ability to learn. I am very proud of her work so far."
"The student showed me some journal entries from a trip to Mexico, and we decided to focus on voice for a new essay about this trip. We outlined the essay together and discussed how to make sure it had a stronger voice and proper organization. "
"Addressed the SAT Essay - took student through presentation/discussion on fundamentals of persuasive rhetoric, SAT expectations for length and grammar, and various "dos" and "don'ts" for achieving a maximum content score. Used "I do, we do, you do" on a variety of sample prompts to illustrate choosing a thesis the student felt comfortable arguing persuasively. Worked through an actual SAT essay prompt from initial response to outline, and developed most of it into prose before the end of the session. Would recommend some more practice constructing outlines with practice prompts, but largely confident."
"Helped all three students with academic work. Student A: Reviewed math workbook. Helped him edit and revise his current events essay. Discussed the importance of keeping a detailed planner and staying on top of test/quiz dates. Student B: helped her sort out a substantial math word problem. Reviewed her grammar homework. Student C: corrected her Spanish assignment. Helped her understand the scientific concept of dimensional analysis and worked several problems."
"The student completed the homework pretty accurately, and I taught her concepts that she will learn tomorrow in class. I also reviewed Chinese with her. She is currently learning about the different body parts in Chinese."
"We spent the two hours formatting some study methods and content concepts for the student's upcoming test on Chapter 13 and 14 in World History. There is a lot of information for him to understand and learn on the test. We spent most of the time going over some of the key European explorers, the historical context of these explorations, and the triangle trade route. By the end, he could explain to me the triangle in his own words. I left him with a list of things he should review and test himself on. We also discussed methods to better organize his school work papers, and next session I will be bringing some notebooks/binders with which it should be easier for him to organize himself."
"We reviewed 2 tests that the student had previously taken in her Algebra class. The first was a cumulative test of Chapters 1-6, and the next was a Chapter 7 test. We were able to correct all the answer. The topics covered include finding percentages, fractions, division, solving for a letter, etc. The student felt confident with these topics when we were finished."
"The student took a diagnostic test. We will focus on the issue essay and the argumentative essay. I also told her I would send her a list of the GRE vocabulary most likely to appear on the test."
"Today we started on the ACT math preparation. We covered the general strategies, basic algebra, and geometric objects. We had reviewed some of the material already from the student's last test, so he already had a good grasp on the concepts and we were able to move quickly. We will finish next week and possibly have some time for a practice section."
"We covered some more two dimensional projectile motion. The student didn't seem to have much trouble at all with her worksheet, and we were able to finish it relatively quickly. We then worked on an optional assignment also dealing with two dimensional motion."