Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed test-taking and reviewed some of his double and triple integral homework. I told him due to the exam on Wednesday, that he should go home and pick one of each type of problem in Chapter 14 & 15, then we'd discuss the following day."
"The student did a lot of grammar problems and only missed a couple. He knows what to do for the most part, so I think we'll just have to work on test taking strategies. I told him to take two sections of the test and report back with how long it took him to complete them."
"We had a session over stoichiometry. In general, the student was not clear on what stoichiometry was. I went over the concept with her. She had a mountain of homework to get through and she was able to get through half. The homework focused mainly on the amount of products dependent upon the initial reactants. In addition, the student's teacher gave them homework over the Ideal Gas Law. She stated that she needed some clarity on this as well, so I went over the idea and explained that these types of problems are what are referred to as "plug and chug." She was able to do half of these problems as well."
"The student and I went over a little bit of redox chemistry (she doesn't understand this at all). Also, we went over chemical kinetics (it seems like she understands this general principle)."
"During this session we covered chapter 5 and the beginning of chapter 6 from the book. The following topics were covered: ideal gas law, finding partial pressure, diffusion and effusion, and the relationship between rate and molar mass."
"I gave the student a mini quiz to see what his comfort level was with the old vocabulary before starting a new list. He seemed comfortable enough to be able to review it on his own, so we proceeded to learn the new characters. For the next session, he will be given another quiz and a new list to review. Since he has an exam in two weeks, we discussed the lesson plan for the next few sessions prior to the test day. So far he has improved on his character recognition."
"We went through her review packet on uniform motion. She needs to practice breaking vectors down into components, and she needs to remember that if an acceleration isn't given in the vertical direction, it's gravity. On the whole she did well and things were making sense to her."
"We went over the timed practice test that the student took from the book. She did extremely well on the Reading and Quantitative Math sections. She ran out of time on the Math Achievement section but otherwise did well there too. We talked about strategies for eliminating obviously wrong answers, rounding numbers to use 'easier' math, and solving problems dealing with fractions. For the Verbal Reasoning section, we talked about looking for clues in the roots of the words that she doesn't know. I gave her a few pointers on the Essay portion as well. I told the student to brush up on vocabulary, work on the timing in the Math Achievement section, and relax!"
"Worked on chapter 8, parabolas/ellipses/circles, converting into standard equation for each type, and completing the square (to help convert to standard equation). We tried to focus on areas where the student seems to make mistakes. This included slowing down, re-checking tables to ensure use of correct formulas, and re-checking answers once completed. I have asked him to request his tests back from his teacher so we can go over where he is having trouble. He continues to grasp major concepts but has trouble sometimes applying these concepts and occasionally makes small mistakes. We will start working on more test taking techniques next session once we go over past tests."
"The student and I worked on an American Revolution DBQ organizer/essay. He finished all scaffolding work and has organized a great essay. He will need to review the intro and first body paragraphs that we completed together in order to write his second body and conclusion."
"The student had a lot of English homework today, so we spent our session working through all of his assignments. He was able to complete most of it with moderate guidance."
"We went over how to use the Mean Value Theorem and the derivative of a function to find the intervals of increasing and decreasing for a function. We also went over what exactly the Mean Value Theorem means and how to use it to show some basic facts about general classes of functions. I still haven't seen the latest test but based simply on how well the student is answering my leading questions I would say he is doing much better than when we first started meeting. He seems to only struggle with some abstract problems that ask to show something and not to get a number. I left him with some more homework problems to finish and I think that is definitely enough practice."