Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed informal/formal commands, explaining the differences between the two. We did practice exercises from a web activity and also from the student's Spanish book. We reviewed her quiz from last week and discussed "si clauses." We also practiced the future tense and did many practice conjugations. We also practiced the nosotros commands and did an activity from her Spanish book."
"We focused again on the essay, and broke it down into two parts. We talked about three strategies for the intro (general statement, story, or opposite statement), and the introduce/insert/interpret strategy for body paragraphs. We also began looking in to the math section."
"We continued our work on amino acids and proteins, including hydrolysis and denaturation. The student has made great progress and received an 86% on her most recent exam, which is up from 59% when we first started."
"Went over unit one in the math book after going through the completed practice test. Assigned flash cards for vocab and multiplications 3, 6, and 7 and pages 30-50 in math book. Also assigned Ch.1 in Basic Algebra."
"The student takes the entrance exam on Monday, so we finished up our studies together by going over the math problems that he had completed during the week. We did some more quantitative comparison questions, as well as a verbal and reading comprehension problem set. I told his mother that I was confident in what he could do. We will be meeting one more time in January before he takes his abilities test."
"Met the student for the first time. This was the day before the 4th grade writing exam, so we talked briefly about the different types of writing prompts, and practiced the most challenging one - literature response. The student is very comfortable with writing summaries. Looking forward to meeting with him again and working on his writing and reading."
"We worked on geometry and data analysis problems. I think she would benefit from working on a diverse array of sample problems. She learns quickly, and has good fundamental knowledge of math."
"The guys are doing pretty well. They are beginning to draw force diagrams, so I explored several concepts with them, beginning with a mass and pulley dragging an object along a table - first a "frictionless" table, then one with friction. Then we went to the concept of the same mass dragging the same object up a ramp, and finally on to the Atwood machine. We also went over dynamic and static coefficients of friction, and how to calculate those. Their lab in the upcoming week relates to the Atwood machine. Finally, I told them to explore these concepts on their own using a little block of wood, a ramp, and one or two spring scales graduated in Newton's."
"Today we worked on the student's organization. We got his book bag and his binders back in order. We also worked on his math homework. I suggested he get an empty folder that he labels his homework folder in order to help him keep track of his assignments. If he wants to raise his grades turning in assignments is going to be key."
"We continued with sections 13.4 and 13.5 and completed the corresponding homework. This chapter includes a combination of graphing and determining/manipulating linear function equations. So from the beginning I had the student identify the slope, intercept, positive or negative function irrespective of what the question was asking. This repetition seemed to be helpful in grasping the concepts. Moving forward I'll try to reinforce upcoming concepts early so he retains them better. Overall, good session in regards to understanding content. By the end of next session, I will review, however, interchanging point-slope and slope-intercept form. Otherwise the material is straightforward for the most part."
"Today we reviewed for the test the student is taking tomorrow. This test is going to cover nuclear physics, radioactive decay, and the photoelectric effect, as well as some of the lens, magnetism, and kinematics topics that she was tested on earlier in the course. She had a pretty good understanding of the material and how to use the formulas."
"We went over a variety of problems concerning odd integers, evaluating algebraic expressions, signs of algebraic expressions and variables under specific conditions, solving linear equations and proportions, literal equations, and substitution. The student was able to solve similar problems to the ones we solved together without intervention. No extra practice was left for the student. We will complete the problem set next session and then begin a new set."