Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Evaluating trig functions. Review of converting radian measure to degrees, coterminal angles, and trig values in the coordinate plane. Discussion of ACT test-taking strategies and corrected errors on first ACT practice test."
"Continued review of Algebra II concepts. -After a review of the day's lesson from school, answered the student's questions about solving equations and inequalities. -Reviewed steps on how to distribute out factors and shortcuts to solving problems. -Explained how to convert improper fractions using long division. -Reviewed rules of multiplying and dividing negative numbers. -Showed how to multiply variables by reciprocals and reviewed rules of reducing fractions. -Introduced equation of a line on the coordinate plane and provided examples of graphing and solving equations with 2 variables. -Explained the meaning of slope, x- and y-intercepts. -Evaluated equations to solve for x and y and showed how points lie on graphed line. The student is grasping the concepts well and is very eager to learn and practice problems. Will continue to provide varying examples of equations and inequalities so that he can master concepts and tackle the most difficult problems. "
"The student began her kinetics packet which discusses reaction rates, rate laws, reaction orders and factors which affect the rate. We emphasized that reactants need to collide with proper orientation to react, and discussed the units of rate, the rate constant little 'k', and the concentration of the reactants (molarity). We talked about how temperature, activation energy, and the concentration of the reactants can all affect the rate of the reaction. She seems to grasp this concept quite well. We will have to return to our discussion on molarity and mole problems after we finish the material for her upcoming exam. She seemed to struggle a bit with the mole problems but this was material from her last test. We will return to it when we are reviewing for her final exam."
"I provided the student with some pointers for writing a strong essay. I had her rewrite sections of her homework essay to make sure she understood the changes that she should make. We continued reviewing math concepts, such as odd/even number questions and frequency questions."
"The student completed most of his geometry review. He could do most of it without my help, so I expect him to do well on the exam. He knows how to do the problems, but sometimes during the exams, I think he forgets things due to the pressure of the situation. He needs practically none of my help to solve a lot of the HW problems."
"We worked on a worksheet given in class. He had a few questions about it and wanted to wait to see if the teacher would cover more. We also re-covered ch.23.1-23.2 but at a much slower pace so that he could fully grasp the material which he did for those sections. On another note, he scored well on a previous exam that was recently returned to him only missing two questions and scoring a 93%."
"We made a document that listed out the reasons the student wanted to go to each college on his list. We went online to each college's website and researched the college. He listed out the reasons, in order of preference, for the colleges during our session."
"I helped the student with the first few sections of Chapter 6 today, which mainly involved adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing polynomials, finding the LCM of polynomials, and adding/subtracting complex fractions with unlike denominators. This was tricky for her at first, but after practice, she definitely seemed to gain confidence. She just needs to make sure she takes her time, keeps her work as organized as possible (these are LONG problems with a lot of steps!), and checks to ensure that her final answer can't be reduced/factored any further. Great job with difficult material!"
"The session with the student focused on working on topics she had been having some trouble with in her Chem AP coursework. We reviewed stoichiometry including balancing chemical equations, identifying the limiting reagent and also went through the nomenclature for molecular compounds. We also went through the questions on her test that she had missed. Through our review of some critical details surrounding the chemistry coursework concepts, she was able to successful identify the correct answers to all the questions."
"Discussed the 5-paragraph writing strategy. Practiced making outlines from essay topics. Reviewed quadratics and polynomial factoring. Solved for real roots of quadratic squares. Solved systems of linear equations in two variables. Discussed the concept of full rank in relation to linear systems. Identified 3-4-5 right triangles. Worked sample items in finite probability, similar triangles, and percent change."
"The student and I had a good session today. As the end of the school year approaches, we began preparing for his final exam today. His final exam will cover chapter 5, 6, 8, and 9. We were able to briefly but thoroughly review chapters 5 and 6 today. I do believe he is having a hard time keeping track of all the information present in these chapters, but if he continues to review, he should be good to go. We will continue with our review in the next session."
"The student and I reviewed a greetings conversation, and then we began looking at Chinese characters, discussing the underlying linguistic principles of forming the characters. This was very enjoyable and educational for both of us."