Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished doing all the variations of problems involving finding areas by integration. After that, we moved onto finding volumes by integration, which took up the rest of the time."
"Today, the student and I started going over a packet to review for her end of course exam that is coming up soon. The session was mostly review, and we went over things like complex and real numbers, dividing polynomials, and changing/reducing exponential expressions. Most of the material we saw today was from earlier in the year, so I advised the student that she should also review her old notes. After some review, she seemed to grasp the concepts once again."
"Today we went over logarithmic functions. Specifically we covered log properties, logarithmic equations, and how to solve a system of equations with logarithmic functions. We also covered the cardiovascular system, including the flow of blood from the pulmonary system to the systemic system, and we covered all of the specific values and pumps found in the four chambers of the heart. We also covered pedigree charts and how to read them. Today the student's attitude was pleasant as usual. She followed my advice and my tips and I definitely am seeing progress in her work. I left her with some extra practice problems that I will review tomorrow."
"The student had some trouble with vector analysis. We spent the session going through various examples and approaches. By the end, she was able to solve problems, though sometimes needed some guidance. She doesn't have a background in trigonometry, but that shouldn't be a problem for her class."
"We went over line slopes and slope-intercept equations of lines; we briefly touched on point-slope equations. As always, I'm impressed with the student's attitude and willingness to work hard. He's bright and seems to be used to getting the hang of things quickly. I'm trying to make a point of talking up the "play around with it until you figure it out" approach to math; I feel that in the long run it's more productive to try a few approaches to the problem before figuring out the right one than it is to always use the right one the first time out. We learn at least as much from our failures as from our successes."
"We covered math concepts for the student's upcoming assessment exam. We reviewed mean, median, mode, surface area and volume of prisms and cylinders, Pythagorean Theorem, percents, fractions, and complex word problems. We talked about strategies for multiple choice exams, which included reading the whole problem and fully understanding the questions. We also discussed eliminating answers that did not make sense. The student was pumped for our session!"
"The student and I worked on some lessons of her chemistry and math classes. She has no upcoming exams so we just got her more comfortable with the material. In chemistry, she already had a good understanding of intermolecular forces and was very comfortable with them by the end. In math we practice arithmetic and geometric sequences. This material is easier to grab than the recent material, and she did so very impressively."
"The student and I placed most of our focus on spelling today. We started by going over all of the phonogram flashcards, which she breezed through. She did her spelling homework and then we made flashcards of this week's words. After we made each card, I had her verbally spell out each word and use it in a sentence. We did spelling pyramids for several new words with "funky" spellings that aren't spelled how they sound (i.e. "marshmallow") so she could correctly spell them in her sentences. Her creativity shined when she made each sentence."
"The student and I worked on geometric rotations today. He did very well on his homework, and later this week, we will be preparing for his test on Friday on translations and rotations. He also told me that he got a 96 on his last math test, the 2nd highest in the class. I was extremely proud of him and the work that he's been putting in lately. He and I worked on his reading packet and vocabulary packet. He did very well today with generating his own independent ideas."
"We covered thermodynamics. Student struggled with phase curves and heat calculations. Student improved grade since last session in class. Student developed a solid understanding of phase curves and heat calculations."
"The student did not have any new writing to share, so we talked about advancing from the paragraph to the essay. We discussed three types of essays, and we will focus on the informative, or descriptive, type for now. She chose a topic - animals - and together we brainstormed and developed an outline for her essay. She wrote the first three paragraphs during our session, and the student will complete the essay for our next session."
"The student and I continued to work on her review work for her final. The part we covered today included a lot of geometry: volumes and surface areas, similar polygons, rotations and reflections and translations on coordinate plane, angles of n-sided polygons, angles in triangles or with parallel lines cut by a transverse, as well as some material in data analysis. Much of this she remembered how to do, and when she didn't I reminded and helped her."