Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered several topics. We went over her notes taken in class today that covered: sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, csc, sec, and being able to read what they are from given data on a triangle. We also worked on quiz corrections, which she actually had one problem right and the other was just a simple mistake. Finally, we ended finishing up her past test 2 which covered: horizontal and vertical shifts, compressions, and stretches; reflections; and horizontal and vertical asymptotes. Overall, I think the material clicked well and she understood the direction."
"The student and I had our last session! We finished discussing the material from the third exam and went over any remaining questions she had. We briefly discussed how to set up combinations and permutations, especially when you're drawing from two or more different groups of people. We briefly reviewed probability distributions, and practiced setting up the chart with X, P(X), and X^2 in order to calculate expected value and the mean and standard deviation. I really enjoyed working with her. I know her goal was to merely pass the class, but hopefully she learned more than that. I think by the end of our time together she started realizing the daily applications of statistics and basic math, and the importance of being able to use them and understand them. She has her final exam this morning so hopefully it goes well!"
"Intro to the placement exam: discussed scoring, section format, order of difficulty, time management. Began by reviewing math, her weaker subject, although she is taking pre-calculus as a junior. From placement exam CB math review: numbers & operations review, algebra and functions review. Good algebra skills, could help to review some more basic concepts she hasn't studied in a few years. Demonstrated how to solve combinations/permutations, which was new. Brief review of exponent operations and rules. Good math skills, but struggles slightly with word problem format when questions are layered with too many steps. Will focus on step-by-step approaches that work for multiple question types."
"The student and I worked on the unit circle. She had some of the basic important stuff memorized but needed a little help connecting cos to the X component and sin to the Y component. We also worked problems centered around straight lines on a polar coordinate plane."
"Today we focused mainly on Spanish and helping the student get caught up with some of his Spanish assignments. Since this was the first time that we had gone over Spanish, I took some time to evaluate the specific areas of concern. Some areas included pronunciation of vowels and some letters such as H. We talked about some of the fundamental differences between English and Spanish, especially plural and gender articles. Finally and probably most importantly, we discussed the technique of using the context of a sentence, or other words around a word that may be unfamiliar to find its meaning."
"The student had a large review packet on energy and photosynthesis. Together, we worked on answering the short answer, multiple choice, free response, and matching questions. We completed this packet so that he will be able to go through the different questions and prepare for her upcoming test. Some of the questions required him to label or color a diagram, which was very helpful."
"Reviewed "A Christmas Carol" settings, themes, and conflicts. Suggested study habits for vocabulary words before next day's final. Reviewed Life Sciences Final Exam Packet, placing emphasis on short-answer questions on topics ranging from atoms/elements/molecules/compounds, chemistry's role in life science, mitosis versus meiosis, three types of RNA and their roles. Provided corresponding page numbers in textbook for trouble spots (meiosis, mitosis, RNA)."
"The student had another assignment in section 4.4, which covers real-life applications of derivatives and finding mins/maxes. One important skill in this section is converting descriptions of situations into equations that model them. This particular assignment used a lot of trig functions as well. The student works hard and executes the problems well, although sometimes she needs a push in the right direction to get started on the more complex problems."
"Discussed one place addition and subtraction and two place addition and subtraction for math session. Reviewed the vowels and consonants for the pinyin as to how they sound for each one for the Chinese section. Assigned homework for both math and Chinese section."
"We worked on reviewing probability distributions for the student's final exams. We focused on approximations using the normal distribution, the use of the centralized reduced normal distribution, and its graphical interpretation."
"The student and I looked at the sections that I assigned for homework and discussed why he missed the questions that he had gotten wrong. The two of us made an appointment for Monday morning to continue working on SAT Verbal and Math together."
"The student and I spent the session figuring out if he should take the ACT or SAT. We covered the similarities and differences between the two tests, and then he took a sample ACT science section and worked on a sample vocabulary section from the SAT. Based on his scores, we determined that he should take the ACT. For the last thirty minutes of the session, he and I worked on a study guide for his AP US History test next Wednesday."