Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the quadratic function. In particular we practiced graphing quadratics from a given equation and also deriving the function form a given graph. By the end of the session she was very comfortable doing both."
"Today, we covered more in-depth the chemistry philosophy, as well as the macromolecules. The final topic covered was the different types of cells. It was great meeting, and I am looking forward to the student's progress."
"The student finished up homework sheet in preparation for the testing, then went over some more concepts and practice problems covering fractions, word problems and writing equations. In the end of the session we began working on areas and perimeters, but will need to finish up next session, because she was having some problems and we didn't have enough time to fully cover them."
"Completed homework, studied for math and spelling tests, and practiced math facts. He needs to borrow another book from the library on Friday to read this weekend for another AR test."
"We first went over the practice Reading sections she did on her own and talked about how to use some strategies that she wasn't remembering to apply. I gave her an outline of steps to remember, and we did the remaining Reading sections in my practice book, focusing on these strategies."
"In our first session, we went over math. She is a very ambitious, driven, and eager student who comes prepared to utilize study time effectively."
"Today we went over finding the volumes of solids of revolution. Using both the method of discs and the method of cylinders, the student was able to calculate the volume of an area bounded by functions when rotated around the x or the y axis. We especially focused on finding the appropriate surface area expression when it should be written as the difference between two functions. We finished by practicing integration of volumes by hand (rather than numerically using a calculator) to highlight the importance of using the best method (disc or cylinder) to minimize the complexity of integration."
"The student and I met from 10:35-12:45. We reviewed the concepts covered over the semester in preparation for his final exam next week. We started with slopes of lines through two points, equation of tangent line, limits, and wrapped up the session with an extensive review of all of the differentiation techniques. We will meet next Monday for the last time to prepare for his exam."
"I met with the student to go over his organic chemistry homework. We worked through several problems. The session went well."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed for her Geometry test tomorrow. We used previous quizzes to do similar problems. I also showed her how to use a compass to draw congruent lines/angles and angle/line bisectors."
"We worked on the student's math homework/test review and I helped her work out some things that were unclear. She made simple mistakes due to rushing through the work, but she guaranteed me that she would be more careful on the exam. We finished her geography assignment together and I helped her review for her science test over states of matter. She seems prepared to do well on the exam."
"The student has a passé compose vs. imparfait quiz on Wednesday, so we went over some relevant exercises in his textbook. We also had a long discussion about how he spent his weekend, emphasizing when to use the different forms of the past tense."
"The student and I worked on percents and she did her homework on calculating more difficult percents, using easier ones one a table and estimating percents. She was able to solve the more difficult percents after we went over the first set of problems. After the homework, we did some additional problems on estimating percents as well as calculating using the easier percents. I further explained treating the more common percents as fractions and she was able to complete the problems with little trouble."
"- Quadratic equations in standard and vertex form - Word problems for optimizing values of y(x) or x - Parabolic motion equations and solving word problems with initial height and initial velocity and finding max height or height at specific times. "
"Topics Covered: (Calculus) differential equations and slope fields, (Physics) angular velocity, momentum, acceleration; torque. Progress Achieved: The student can now construct a slope field given a differential equation. She also has a better understanding of how to solve momentum equations/problems involving angular as opposed to linear momentum"
"Went over some more vocabulary words and word parts-- as well as some tricks for the "Language Skills" portion of the test. Assigned homework for the upcoming week, mostly focused on vocabulary and attempting another practice test with timing in mind but more focus on completing each section correctly. Also looked over the student's essay. "
"Today we covered his continuing momentum questions and discussed some mental methods such as creating a situation in your mind to think about how an equation changes throughout an event, i.e. how a tennis ball thrown at a wall with a given velocity deforms upon collision releasing some energy and returning towards you with a little less momentum and velocity as before the collision."
"We talked about his upcoming chapter in chemistry. Next week I will give him problems to practice Lewis structures and other concepts in the new chapter. We also practiced conversation in Spanish. I printed out some cartoons and some famous paintings and we discussed them in Spanish. I will prepare another activity so that we can continue to practice what he is learning in Spanish."
"The student had a seven-page paper due for a freshman seminar on the topic of diet and nutrition in sports. Within a minute of sitting down we went to work enthusiastically outlining the paper and collecting sources. He seemed very happy the whole time, and commented that he had been expecting to write a weak and tedious paper, but now felt confident that this would be a great paper that would almost write itself."
"Worked with the student on the English and reading sections of the test. She did pretty well on the practice test she took, but I wanted to cover some time management issues and some different approaches to answering each type of question. After that we did some math work, practicing translating word problems into numeric problems."
"The student wants to improve her listening comprehension, a good idea for both overall fluency, and the test at the end of the year. We practiced question-and-answer responses on the subject of animals, where I would ask her a question, and she would type it back to me, and then answer it. Specifically, we went over the pronoun "en" ("of it"), the negation "aucun" ("not a single one"), the phonetics of ou vs u vs eu, and when to add or remove le/la/les from the phrase "beaucoup de.""
"The student is working on a specific budgeting problem and is seeking help. I showed him how to set up the Excel spreadsheet to calculate the required information. I have left it with him to complete the assignment. He was to contact me with questions that he might have Tuesday or Wednesday."
"We reviewed some practice worksheets on two-step equations so the student could practice figuring out what order to do things in and what information she needed. She did really well on this. We then focused on reading comprehension. She does a good job of eliminating obviously wrong answers and then determining the right one from there."
"We continued working through the student's SSAT book and worked on number sequences and algebra. I'm trying to work on go-to strategies for the student when she's stuck, for instance, going through the problem step by step and drawing a picture. Great session!"
"We covered all of the topics her mother wanted to cover and went over more topics for her test coming up: graphing rational functions, translations, and inverse functions.
We also worked some outside problems per the student's request."
We also worked some outside problems per the student's request."
"The student plowed through her assignment on ellipses with little to no help once I gave her a refresher on the main concepts at the start of the session. At the end she exclaimed that she was really smart because we had worked so hard. It was one of our best sessions yet."
"Today the concepts we covered included that of the use of Rolle's Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. We finished with the definition of critical points and their purposes, and the we were able to introduce the concepts relating Rolle's Theorem. This was pretty easy to do because the student had a pretty good knowledge of the definition of the Mean Value Theorem. The session was pretty good overall."