Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked on a test review for math. Mostly worked on probability and area/perimeter of figures. The student did well on the subjects we covered, but still has problems reading the whole problem carefully to see exactly what is being asked of her."
"The student and I worked on Algebra II today, focusing on solving equations by taking the square root and by completing the square. We then began working on her Chemistry, balancing equations and determining the type of reaction described."
"Reviewed binomial theorem, partial fraction simplification, factorization, solving complex equations, identifying types of graphs, vector and normal forms of equations, graphing inequalities on number lines, and imaginary numbers."
"During today's session, we spent the majority of the time reviewing the material covered on Practice Test #1. We reviewed all questions of interest that either posed a problem during the exam or were answered incorrectly. We discussed some strategies for taking the SAT as well as whether answers should be omitted or if one should venture a guess. I assigned an essay as practice for next session. (The student 1 must complete two, as she must make up the Practice Test #1 Essay, which she did not have time to complete. Student 2 must complete one.) The girls performed exceptionally well on the practice test. I encouraged them to continue doing the SAT Question of the Day. I look forward to next session. "
"I introduced myself to the student and asked her which parts of the SAT she had the most trouble with. She said she had trouble with vocabulary. I taught her techniques in sentence completion where she had the most trouble applying vocab. The techniques included filling in the blanks by herself, determining positive or negative associations, and trigger words that tell you the direction of the sentence. We changed the sessions from 1-2 hours starting next week."
"Today, we began to summarize all the things we've learned about the HSPT. If the student puts his focus into Vocabulary, I think he can do very well. With math, he knows all the answers, but just rushes through the problems, so he skips important words, leading him to the wrong answer. For Monday, I have assigned him a practice test out of my study book."
"The student and I worked on creating an outline for his history readings about the Qin Dynasty in ancient China. We also compared and contrasted Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism. After reading, I quizzed him on the chapter to help him retain the information better."
"We reviewed finding the surface area and volume of different shapes. She was able to memorize most of the formulas she needed for her exam. I gave her questions similar to everything she has covered for this unit and she did well. Then we talked about making sure that she didn't confuse what she learned earlier in the unit (finding the surface are and volume of prisms) with what she has been learning the past week (surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, and spheres)."
"The student was a little confused on homework and asked me to review it with him, so we did that for a little while. Then we got started on probability and discussed that for a while. We then went over his journal and other homework assignments I had given him, then did a review of adding decimals."
"Today the student and I studied for his bio exam tomorrow. The material focuses on evolution, ranging from famous biologists and theories to mechanisms of speciation. By the end of the session he had a strong understanding and did very well on his practice test."
"The student is incredibly bright, and grasps concepts quickly. We worked on series, which is one of the subjects he is having trouble with for the AP Calc BC exam. We went over the different types of "tests" one can do to figure out if a series converges. He seems to have a strong natural grasp of concepts, but may need to work on precision when he writes things out by hand."
"We mostly discussed strategies for solving linear equations of the type ax+by=c and putting them in slope-intercept form. Discussed basic algebra concepts: multiplication by -1, subtracting from variables."