Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his most recent homework assignment, which covered graphing. The questions asked for the first derivative, ranges of increase/decrease, local extrema, and critical points. I walked him fully through the first problem and he was able to slowly work through the remaining of the problems. There was also a problem interpreting the graph of a function, determining ranges of increase/decrease, and to predict the graph of the first derivative."
"Worked with the student on reading and mathematics sections. Significantly improved his scores on the reading portion from one reading comprehension section to the next, talking about reading around (not just after) a particular line to determine meaning. More math as well, including theorems about "consecutive integer" sum and average problems. Great session."
"We had a quiz today. Overall the student did well. We need to expand our vocabulary. We worked on sentence patterns, tone change rules, verbs that matter, positive-negative words, question words, measure words, pinyin sounds -x, zh, ch sounds. Homework is to study Ch. 6 vocabulary, structures."
"The student and I spent our first meeting working through the issue and argument analysis essays. We also discussed general test structure and study schedules. I gave her some homework to work through in her test prep book. Our focus today was on the writing portion, and on understanding the differences and similarities between the issue task and the argument task. She shows promise in analysis, and with the right direction will certainly do well on the writing portion of the exam. Since we will be covering all segments of the test, I am having her take a practice exam in order to get a baseline metric for her performance. This will better help me calibrate my lessons and study structure to accommodate her specifically."
"We went over reading sections of the ACT and did practice tests Nos. 3 and 4. We reviewed critical reading strategies and created a study plan for the four weeks leading up to the test date."
"Today seemed like a breakthrough for this student. It was so rewarding to see him tell me that things are finally starting to click and he's able to understand the material better and understand his teacher better as well. We went over his class notes and the assigned questions, and he was able to answer them coherently and explain his answers. I was very happy to see him reach this step. We did more work on helping him draw graphs and demand curves, and the effects of demand shifts between complements and substitute products. I continued to use real life examples relevant to his interests to emphasize the basics of each concept. We also reviewed the next steps he has to work on to continue making progress on his long-term Money Mondays project. I feel like now that we've written out his game plan, he is able to focus more on what he needs to do."