Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is one of the better students that I have had. He really focuses and learns the test prep techniques to apply them to all the questions when possible. As a result, he is learning quickly and doing better and better on his assignments. I assigned him an essay for homework."
"Today we worked on logarithms and exponential functions. Mostly graphing, but also rewriting exponential functions so that they could be more easily simplified. Then we did some ACT prep, and a mock reading section. Her score on those are solid for having done no prep work for it. I finished up by teaching her some of the more basic trigonometry that will show up on the ACT (periods and amplitudes of sine and cosine waves)."
"Topics covered in summary: functions, types of graphs, manipulation of graphs, properties of functions, Inverse functions. Revision for test on Friday. Advised to practice to build confidence and will meet again on Thursday."
"Went over the excel sheet he had made in detail. He did a really good job, but there were a couple of tweaks we wanted to be sure worked. Worked out the tax incidence and went over a check list that his teacher had given out regarding the assignment."
"Tutor and student discussed books 5,6 of Homer's "Odyssey" in order to plan on-line posting for 10th-grade English class; reviewed already-submitted reading response paper; discussed outline and strategies for research paper on Taiwanese economy (role of technological innovation in late-20th century economic growth)."
"The student and I reviewed his homework and worked through the errors. This session was split 50/50 working the math and the verbal. I worked with the student to realign his strategic outlook to "quality over speed." We identified, isolated and worked on the Base 5 concept as he was unfamiliar with this concept. We continued working on his vocabulary list, as this is one of the areas in which the return on efforts is highest. The student was issued homework out of the book as well as some Base 5 problems I designed for him. When his energy levels are highest in the next section, we will focus on reading comprehension again. "
"Met only with the student this week. Focused on circles and angles, and the characteristics and equations that went with them. Spent most of time with her on angles and determining angle measurements. Felt she was still a little unsure on how to set up and solve equations on them so we will continue to talk about them in the coming weeks."
"The student and I reviewed calculus homework involving integration by parts and integration by substitution. Many of the problems required multiple use of substitution or integration by parts. Problems were all very involved and required a very thorough understanding of integration. The student understands the principles behind each technique, but he sometimes makes small computation errors."
"The student and I went through a few of her homework problems dealing with logs and natural logs, using the different rules to solve them. We also went through one of her review packets for her next exam."
"Today the student and I went through the English passages that he did for homework. We checked each of the ones he got wrong so that he could learn from his mistakes and figure out how to approach future passages. We also focused specifically on the difficult math problems because he is very good at the math section, but just needs help remembering certain formulas and a refresher in certain areas."
"We reviewed biology materials covering evolutionary concepts from morphological convergence to genetic drift. We were able to advance her understanding of the material and even do some pre-emptive preparation for topics she will cover in class over the next few days."
"We spent most of the session on a Latin translation assignment. The student's translation skills are pretty good, especially strong with remembering vocabulary. While he still has some troubles with remembering to pay attention to cases, or with recognizing a case ending on the spot, even though he can produce the forms of a given paradigm. I tried to get him to nail down the details of the grammar when sometimes he wanted to move on after getting the basic sense of a sentence, as this is a problem that arises for many high school Latin student, where they get by on vocabulary and word order until the grammar gets too complex for them to be able to get through translations any longer. Not that I think he is close to that, but I still encourage some grammatical rigor. Then, we worked through a worksheet for Biology class on photosynthesis and cellular respiration, which he did just fine with. We finished off with studying some Latin vocabulary."