Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"1. Reviewed Math - Trig (Solving systems of equations with two variables, Revenue and Cost Functions, Solving Systems of Equations with three variables, Partial fraction decomposition, Solving nonlinear equations, Systems of Inequalities) 2. Reviewed Chemistry - Equilibrium and Reactions"
"We spent the first hour and fifteen minutes doing a section of math -- We reviewed strategies for solving difficult problems, including eliminating at least one or two answer choices and "starting with what you know". We then did two practice reading passages. We read the passage, practiced summarizing it, and she answered the questions."
"We spent the entire time working on the games section. She is starting to understand them better but is discouraged with possible regression with that section as well as the other sections. I encouraged her by saying that none of the test is easy and that it takes plenty of repetition and work in order to become completely familiar with the test and that no one is every 100% completely comfortable taking it. We worked on her diagramming skills for the games section and I also tried to help her explain how to eliminate wrong answers by understanding what the question is asking. She is going to continue to work on the game section this week as well as the logical reasoning and we plan to meet again on Thursday."
"Tonight, the student and I covered more quadratic equations. We worked through several sections of her homework and focused on solving quadratic equations by completing the square, as well as the different forms of parabolic equations. The student is a very bright girl and can definitely work these problems."
"The session began with our going over the student's homework, beginning with the math work on triangles. The student did better than she thought she would do, and her confidence with math seems to be growing slowly. To help keep the confidence growing, we worked some problems from the red prep book together, and reviewed strategies, formulas, etc. Next, we went over the student's essay, which she typed for homework. We discussed how typing helps make the work more one's own, and talked about proofreading and other strategies used by good writers. We finished by looking at the word list the student compiled from a prior assignment, used word arithmetic and similar word strategies on some of the words and looked others up in a dictionary. We then some sentence completion practice from the red prep book. For homework, the student will do four math problems from the red prep book, will write sentences using the words she defined, and will do some sentence completion practice."
"Today the student finalized his paper. I went through and highlighted all the vital information he'd gathered and took note of the places where he needed to expand. He began the session with 600 words and ended with 1300. I continued to edit as he wrote, for clarity and grammar. After that we broke from the essay writing to focus on the final coming up. We went over which topics will be covered, and built a study plan for the next four days. We began looking at the major terms in the chapters, and the main ideas. He was very receptive to open-ended studying where I let him teach me the topics."