Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had two pages of homework tonight, so we worked on that first. The majority of it was on number patterns and rules. She did a nice job but there were a few problems where her reaction was to say she couldn't do it. We talked about strategies to use when she feels that way. Once she had her confidence back, she was able to easily complete all the problems correctly. We also did some extra practice for her test tomorrow."
"After focusing on reading comp for the first few sessions, we have only recently begun to address math; so we have a lot of work to do in that dept. But his reading comp is coming along nicely and the strategies seem to be working."
"Mandarin - reviewed introduction dialogue and numbers 1-5. Focused on being able to ask and answer yes and no questions about ownership, relationships (i.e. Is she your mother? Is this your father's pen?) and nationality."
"Natural logs and exponential equations using e. Then a general review of logs and exponential equations. She got an 82 on her last quiz so she is doing pretty good with the material, it's just a couple of the more complicated multi-step problems that give her trouble."
"Met the student and began to assess his current skill level. He mentioned that he needs guidance with indirect questions. When we began to discuss them, I realized that he is having some trouble with basic verb forms, so we reviewed how to form most of the active indicative tenses. My plan is to give supplementary presentations on his current class material, and to do a simultaneous comprehensive review of grammar so far. I also think it would help him to have an organized written record of our review topics, so we will start a binder next week."
"During our session we worked through different booklets in preparation for a test she has Monday and Tuesday. The material was a "teach yourself" book, with several different examples and formulas. It consisted of: limits, arithmetic and geometric sequences, factorials, sums, etc. There was a lot of material and a lot of formulas. I think she will do ok on the test, but there are several formulas she has to memorize and it is really easy to get several of them mixed up. But she has had to memorize multiple formulas before, so she can do it!"
"The student and I met from 10-12. We spent the entire session reviewing Geometry, including the concepts from chapters 7, 8, 9 and 11. We reviewed similar figures, right triangle geometry, trigonometry, and concluded with circles, arcs, chords, sectors and segments. We will meet again Thursday morning."
"The student and I split our time pretty evenly between English and Science prep for the ACT. I went over the different types of questions and some general strategies for each section. For English, we also went over the different grammar and usage errors that appear the most on the SAT. We then went through the questions that she missed on her practice exam last week and practiced more passages in the remaining time. "
"I met the student at her house for a session that continued to focus on implicit differentiation. We worked through a number of practice problems that focused on this skill. Several of them were relatively difficult forcing you to use quotient and or product rules as well as implicit differentiation. She did not have her most recent test back which focused on the product and quotient rules so we will go over that once she gets it back. Today I tried to go ahead of her book a bit since she does not know what topics will be covered next. I talked to her about using derivatives to find the maximum and minimum of functions. We also talked a bit about trigonometry. She has not had trig yet, so we will need to spend time in upcoming sessions on basic trig identities and the differentiation of trig functions."
"Worked with the student on Pre-Calculus work in preparation for his upcoming exam. Topics covered included: Upper and Lower bounds of polynomial expressions. Interpreting graphs of nested functions and their transformations. Solving for minimum and maximum values (the vertices) of quadratic equations. Review of completing the square for quadratic expressions. Overall review of linear expressions and their related complements. "
"This evening, the student and I had a final session before his exam tomorrow morning. We did a practice math section, not to learn any new material so much as to get his brain warmed up for what it will see tomorrow."
"We focused on physics analysis of statically determinate structures and solving for force loads on them. The student had been having difficulty writing characteristic equations for the problems involving torques but, made good progress today on being able to see a problem and understand the procedure to solve it."