Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Had a brief talk about what we've accomplished so far and what we will accomplish in the coming weeks. We covered surface integrals in scalar functions and vector fields and I introduced Green's Theorem. As usual a physical interpretation of the surface integrals was necessary and I had to run through the proof of Green's Theorem. I left him with some problems that he should complete by Monday. On Wednesday we will finish up multivariable calculus with Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem and then a final review before we move on to differential equations. I will have a test prepared for him which he will have to do over the break."
"The student worked on her test 2 again, and we covered a lot of material. Some of the topics we covered were with horizontal asymptotes, graphing, inverse functions, varying inversely, directly, jointly, and horizontal/vertical compressions and stretches. The student seemed to think this material is now easier than it had previously looked!"
"Today the student and I began by going over his vocab words, which he has been retaining well. We then went over the section of vocabulary he had done, on which he performed rather well. Afterward, we reviewed our techniques for the Writing section and went over the section he had done in its entirety. As usual, he did very well, only missing a few questions involving the proper prepositions to use with verbs. We then took a short break to go over the questions he had trouble with on his math section, and afterward moved on to his essay. His essay was good, if a little formulaic, so we spent the remainder of the section talking about how to make the essay flow better. I asked him to complete an outline of an essay via an alternate method for part of his homework, which I hope will help to better the flow of his essay."
"Studied for math test - had the student teach me math lessons. He found that technique of studying much more telling and helpful of where he stands for the quiz. We discussed upcoming school schedule for the week."
"Lab day. Examined pond water under a microscope. Identified water fleas, amoeboid eukaryotic organisms, and algae. Observed motion in living eukaryotic organisms. Examined onion cells. Identified cell walls, and the nucleus of a cell."
"The student and I did some conversation practice and started working on grammar (adjective endings). I gave her several worksheets on adjective endings and the genitive to complete for our next meeting on Friday."
"Today, we began by taking a test about a beginning-to-read German book on dinosaurs. The student did well on the test. She wrote her German words and then we played a name-the-family member game online. She can spell all of her words from last time, has a richer vocabulary and uses German much more."
"Today, the student and I wrote down many different words and sentences that will help him on his test Monday. We have created a vocab chart together. I have sent the finished list to him, so he is able to learn all of it by heart. We practiced pronunciation. We practiced reading."
"This lesson we finished going over adjective declinations and started working on an exercise together involving answering questions about what ethnic foods are more popular in our country or in Germany. We also used the questions as a starting point for a longer conversation in German on regional preferences, regional variations in quality, and personal food preferences. Homework is to finish the exercise, which involves reading a text and graph and answering questions on it, all in German."
"The student is continuing to do well. In our session, we worked mainly on modal verbs, and my goal is to help him get German syntax down well. The important things to focus on now are not only case, but also proper placement of infinitives, participles, and conjugated verbs in relative clause sentences. These things form the core of German 2."
"In this first lesson, the student and I had an introductory conversation in German, talking about ourselves, family, work, and life in general. This included asking questions, describing situations, taking about events in the past, etc. It was evident that she has a good understanding of German grammar from her studies at university, and that, with regular speaking, structured instruction and practice, she will be able to quickly build on this foundation. We agreed on having a specific topic for each week that we loosely base our conversations on, and I will supply additional language material to enrich the lessons. I left her with the course books to review, and for us to decide in the next lesson if and how we could best work with these course books - whether to structure lessons around the book, or use the book as a supplementary material only."
"The session was on colors and shopping, dealing with dialogue and vocabulary. The student also needs to review conjugation of verbs "to be" (sein) and "to have" (haben) as they are fundamental to the language."