Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the review questions for his exam that he has tomorrow. The subject dealt with graphing functions/domain/range, logs, and simplifying functions. He had several questions and did fairly well at understanding the concepts and going through the subject matter."
"We went over acid and bases titration. We worked on titration problems in different scenarios. Student was improving in terms of the method of solving the problems and identifying the mistakes without people telling him. "
"The student and I went over his last quiz (from Friday) and a new law with matrices he had not seen before. We worked through the law (having to do with determining variables by determinants) and were able to fix any problems he had missed from the quiz. We started on his test review and we worked through some systems of equations and a problem having to do with solving the area of a triangle using the determinant of its coordinates. He did well and seems to have a solid understanding of the material, his errors mainly come from simple mathematical errors or miscalculations, especially having to do with positive and negative signs."
"The student's nitrogen essay gave occasion to talk about essay writing. We talked about basics: transition sentences, logical sentence structure, and the relationship of the thesis to idea paragraphs. Since these are big ideas that will only cement with hours of practice, I intend to review them in the future. In addition, we spent some time practicing sentence completion strategies."
"Went over the laws of sines and cosines, and the techniques to apply them. Specifically discussed and developed a consistent and universal approach for solving problems - one that requires the least memorization of formulas and follows the same solution path to the same answer every time. Moved on to discussing the concept of navigation using a 360 degree orientation circle, and applied this knowledge in practicing several word problems, which also necessitated the use of the laws of sines and cosines. It's apparent that the student understands most of the class's concepts, but the slight shortfalls and gaps in some class lessons combined with hurried calculator typing and algebraic arrangements cause simple, preventable mistakes. This issue is addressed by making the aforementioned universal and consistent approach a habit, one that will help her solve many problems in many classes, not just in geometry."
"We met to continue working on the student's research paper. She revised her outline to comply with the professor's prompt. We also created a strategy for writing the paper. She will complete the first half of her paper, which is to be a detailed discussion of the sources used, between now and our next session. I will look over it when we meet and will help her with the argument portion of the paper."
"The student and I worked on his homework assignments from the end of Chapter 11 (two proportion tests and intervals) and reviewed for an upcoming test. He is getting better at writing down all the detailed things his teacher cares about and understands the reason for using different statistical tests."
"We covered the polar representation of complex numbers and the elementary algebra of vectors. She seems to grasp all the concepts very well and picks them up quickly."
"During this session, we reviewed the structure for writing paragraphs. I gave the student three prompts to practice brainstorming and writing structurally with."
"Today we continued Geometry working with volume and word problems; then we moved to percentages. We converted percentages to decimals, decimals to fractions, and vice versa. The student really seemed to grasp the percentages and was able to translate the word problems. We looked at 3 different ways to solve the percentage problems"
"Worked with the student through the chapter 2 exam in preparation for the final. Covered topics in non-linear equations including completing the square, solving for general quadratics, vertices of parabolas and applying mathematical properties to word problems."
"The student and I continued to work on his paper for Western Civilization. Having already drawn the concepts from the two sources of text, the focus was on helping him understand and build the structure of an essay. The paper is serving as a good chance to teach him how to formulate and support his own ideas. He made some progress in understanding the function of different essay components, but where the concepts continue to be new for him, I believe he will progress at a faster rate with more repetition."