Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Discussed the student's homework on Spelling (90%), and reading about punctuation and capitalization. Read and discussed all punctuation and capitalization rules in Chapter 13. Completed chapter exercise (90%). Began reviewing the student's answers from Language section of diagnostic test. "
"The student and I met at the bookstore to go over some trigonometry concepts. He had two factoring worksheets, and we went over the various ways to find solutions for quadratic equations. I showed him how to complete the square and how doing so is helpful for determining the peak of a parabola. I also explained how every quadratic equation could be solved with the quadratic formula, so if factoring got too tricky, the formula provided an all-purpose method for approaching quadratic equations. We did a couple of problems together, and I felt comfortable in his ability to complete the rest of them."
"The student and I went over the following sections: derivatives of logarithmic functions and rates of change in the natural and social sciences (sections 3.6 and 3.7 in her book). We also reviewed her homework. She was having difficulty with the chain rule so we went over that again. We also reviewed when you would use derivatives in chemistry, physics, and biology and practiced some of these application problems as well."
"We looked at the GRE Verbal practice questions she had completed. Fortunately, the student missed very few questions, and those she did miss were very similar, so we were able to address all of her problems directly and quickly. After that, we began discussing strategies for the GRE Writing section, detailing the differences between the Issue essay and the Argument essay, and discussing possible approaches for each. She is going to complete a practice Writing section for our next meeting."
"Tonight we prepared for the student's Chemistry quiz on Solutions. The quiz is tomorrow, and he had reviewed on his own a bit and mostly understood the material from class, but we went through the chapter in his textbook very methodically, as I wanted him to understand the nuances. I explained to him how solution and acid/base chemistry is a fundamental concept in chemistry, and thus understanding it thoroughly now will help him later. We focused on ionic dissolution, and he benefited from my detailed explanation of how salts lower the freezing point of water. He also progressed in his understanding of acids and bases, and I continuously tested him on his understanding of the differences between solutes and solvents and between proton donors and proton acceptors. He did well on the end-of-chapter quiz, demonstrating his understanding, but I urged him to look back at the notes I took for him and study more after I left."