Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered many aspects of reaction rates including reaction orders, Integrated Rate Laws, potential energy diagrams, activation energy, Arrhenius Equation, rate limiting step, and intermediates. We worked on the assigned and recommended practice problems that his professor provided. By the end of the session, he understood how to use all of the equations we covered."
"The student worked on adding fractions. She solved problems with like denominators and unlike denominations where she had to find a common denominator and then solve the problem. We looked at simplifying factions divisible by two. She did very well with this and also completed most of the problems by herself."
"Student and I first worked on his homework for that evening. He was required to do work laying the foundation for subtraction. The questions were phrased as word problems and he had no difficulty translating them into mathematical problems. We talked about how to work through subtraction problems using borrowing and how to do so using additive principles. We worked a little on factoring numbers and he excelled in this area. Factoring plays well into his ability to break down math problems into their parts. We spent the rest of the session working on adding fractions with different denominators. This involved finding a common denominator and transforming fractions with multiplication. He found it difficult to understand the procedural steps, so I stressed his ability to explain why he was performing a particular step and then affirmed his decisions."
"We continued working on reading and pronunciation with more special attention to "th" word pairs. The skit method is seeming to work well as the student is great at reading but still needs some verbal practice."
"We spent the lesson working on exam practice problems for Math. The student did not struggle much during this lesson. She took new strategies for reducing fractions I taught her and was able to use those strategies on her own. She was very motivated to work on the practice problems. I included strategies for reducing fractions and including equivalent fractions that she was able to apply pretty well tonight (and will apply better with more practice). She is going to continue to work with the exam practice test. I feel like the student is starting to get it when it comes to reducing fractions."
"Student is getting really good at putting letters in alphabetical order, even though he often forgets the names/sounds, especially in other contexts. We added a few letters to the front of his letter board today! He also seems to be picking up on the differences in words with the help of his phonics board. I can tell some of the principles we've been working on are starting to click, because he gets visibly excited when he is able to distinguish where the sounds in each word are now!"
"Today we did a Geography worksheet, on which we filled in the countries, landforms, and major cities in Africa. Then we answered questions using topographical maps and the maps the student created. It was smooth sailing today!"
"Worked on latest homework and lab assignment involving the calculation of heat, using calorimeter measurements. Manipulation of the equation q, delta T, and mass units in order to get specific heat values."
"We practiced writing sentences and working on pages from her workbook. We mainly focused on the row of star words that her teacher gave and practiced spelling until she got them all correct on her own. I had her look at the list to compare and identify her mistakes on her own so she was able to fix it the next time she tried."
"Today we reviewed the student's homework, prewriting and essay response. He was able to fine tune and add evidence to his essay. In addition, he worked in both of his work books, focusing on the main idea. His writing is becoming stronger and he needs to continue practicing writing complete sentences with context clues."
"The student and I started a chemistry project and an assignment for literature. In chemistry, the assignment was to formulate a topic and relevant questions for a project. After deciding what would be of interest to the student, we discussed how to formulate questions based on a topic and how to research the topic. The literature assignment was to read and respond to a short story. We discussed the main parts of a story and how to outline those parts."
"Today we worked through most of three homework assignments in chapter 9 on linear functions. We covered conversions with logarithmic scales and interpreting y-intercepts, slopes, dependent versus independent variables and rates of change with proper units. The student understood the material fairly well."