Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a great job. We reviewed some basic concepts in Alg 1 and Geo. We will plan to do more of that next time we meet. I encouraged her to make some note/flash cards with important info on them to just review when she has some spare time. We worked through 3 20-minute ACT practice problems. She did well with time and with the problems in the first 2 20 problem blocks. A few minor mistakes that we discussed. The third problem block, she did not get to all 20 problems and had quite a few more mistakes. We went through her mistakes, gave her some pointers on how to attack the problems. Also suggested that she really focus on identifying a problem right away as easy (do immediately), medium (doable but need some time to work through save and come back to), or too difficult (make a guess and move on). This way she will make sure she at least has an opportunity to look at all the problems on the test and not skip one at the end that may have been easy for her to do."
"The student and I covered calculating pH and Hydrogen ion concentration, as well as some of the basics behind weak acids and calculating their pH."
"Today The student and I continued in Organic Chemistry material. We started off where we left off, with alcohols. We focused a lot on knowing the differences between Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2 reactions and what situations favor each type. We talked about oxidation & reduction and how C-H and C-O bonds increase or decrease. We focused on important reactions such as esterification, saponification, grignard, and aldol condensation. We talked about how molecules can be stabilized by resonance, and we discussed why alpha hydrogens are more acidic than regular alkane hydrogens. We have a lot of material to cover in the next."
"In today's session, we continued our discussion of rotation of solids. After making sure that the student was still clear about the disc and washer method, we began discussing estimating the volume of a solid that has a cross section represented in the xy plane between two curves. This can be done using a number of shapes including squares, rectangles, semicircles, and equilateral triangles. I tried to spatially represent the actual object as well as what these various shapes actually meant. By the end of the session, he seemed comfortable finding these areas using the formulas and I believe he has a geometric understanding as well. We finished the session by working a few free response questions that related to the aforementioned topics. "
"The student had a Religion assignment to read the parable of the Good Shepard and write a short summary. I first explained some of the background in Christianity that he would need to understand it. We then read the parable and I explained parts as we went along. I then helped him to find the main points that he needed to include in his summary."
"I worked with the student on his preparation for the final examination of his cost accounting class. We covered cost accounting concepts such as work in progress, finished goods calculations, direct labor, fixed overhead, and material purchases. In addition, we worked on a cost of goods statement. I reviewed two problems that he had to complete in preparation for the exam. He had done well."