Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began working on Geometry for next school year. She does not know her basic multiplication and division facts, so we also worked on those. We covered chapters 1.1-1.3 in her Geometry book."
"The student and I continued our review of acid/base chemistry. We clarified the definition of a conjugate acid and conjugate base and worked through several examples of general reactions she needs to be familiar with for the exam. We discussed the equilibrium constant for acids (Ka) and how to use Ka to determine whether the acid is strong or weak. We also discussed the log function and how it is used to represent [H30+], [OH-] and Ka. We then did some examples of how to use a short cut to interconvert between hydronium/hydroxide/ka values and the log equivalents. She seems ok with the material, it is a lot of information that is math-based and therefore more difficult to understand than concepts that can easily be represented with pictures. We are meeting on Monday and Tuesday to continue finishing up the material for her Chem exam on Wednesday. I have asked her to scan in copies of her old tests so I can see how the teacher structures her exams. "
"Cosine and sine addition and subtraction identities. Went over her homework and a test that she had. She understands it pretty well but, on occasion, with the identities that have squares in them, she will forget to use both the positive and negative square root."
"Initial statistics session. "SPSS" 20.0 loaded on student's laptop. On-Line Course, SPSS Descriptive Statistics Assignment 1. Assisted student in getting started with platform's "data-view" and "variable-view"."
"We spent the session writing out the highlights of his birthday party from the previous day. Although he was rather slow with the writing, he was very compliant with doing what I requested. In that sense, I think this session was still relatively productive."
"SAT and SAT prep. Began by reviewing homework SAT sections in writing and math. The student did slightly better than usual on writing. We then looked at math, reviewing the homework and completing an in-class math section. Items to review: ratios, variable substitution, function notation, relating algebra and geometry. The student is still learning in school many of the concepts tested on the SAT, and has been getting progressively farther in SAT math sections and on individual questions each time."
"Covered topics for tomorrow's quiz, which included rational functions, proportionality, and geometry. Focused on being able to qualitatively graph rational functions and, from graphs of rational functions, deriving equations for them."
"Today the student and I went over an English section that he had done on a practice ACT. He scored a 27 on the section. We went over all of the questions that he missed and then discussed general strategies based on the question types that he missed most frequently. Then we discussed strategies for the reading section of the test which he is going to practice on tonight."
"We worked on his weekly math homework together, with a focus on subtraction and mathematics. We also worked on writing numbers -- I would lightly sketch out the number and have him practice writing over it. His interest in doing the work fluctuated when he was able to get out of his seat and walk around a bit/do a bit of "miming" of numbers/answers, he seemed to be more engaged."
"Today we covered probability and normal distributions in algebra. We learned about z-values and confidence intervals. We also covered how those two concepts connect back to standard deviation, which is a topic we covered last week."
"The student and I worked on analogies with the words from her lists. She was doing much better with putting the analogies into sentences."
"We have begun work on a new book that has more difficult questions. Verbal questions seem okay for the student."