Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over material that she had missed by being sick and not attending school for 3 days. We did the classwork problems that were related to solving Trig equations for single trig functions and linear combinations of sine and cosine. The problems also required the use of trig identities which served as a great review for the test that she will have this upcoming Thursday. We will meet again next Saturday and another session during the week on Thursday to conclude this semester."
"The student and I made great progress today! I made copies of all the plates in my anatomy coloring book regarding the veins and arteries she had to know and we finished all of them. I had her color in all of the pertinent structures and I quizzed her on vein vs. artery structure, the path of blood flow from the arterial to the venous systems as well as the difference between the path of blood flowing in a fetal heart compared to that of an adult. We also reviewed the sympathetic nervous system briefly at the end. We have finished covering all of the material that will be on her test on Tuesday; tomorrow we will meet again to go over the quizzes and I will drill her on concepts. I have much faith in her, she definitely has a solid grasp of the material and she tells me that she feels much better going into this test than she did her previous ones."
"We discussed the principles of electrochemistry and galvanic cells. We also went through some practice problems for the student's upcoming ACS final. She rapidly gained an understanding of the equations used in electrochemistry and needed little help answering the practice problems."
"Complete homework assignments due in the next two days on limits. Used different techniques to solve for limits (e.g. multiply by a conjugate for roots, factoring, etc.) Differentiate between the value of a function vs. a limit (a function may have a limit, but may have an undefined function value). Discussed study techniques for future tests (starring harder problems from homework set and repeating those problems in the future)."
"This evening the student and I went over the difference between the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish - they are both the past tense and have specific, different uses. He asked that we meet on Monday of the following week before his final exam. He wanted to speak with his teacher about his specific study guide, so that we could have a better focus of grammar and vocab that he should be prepared for."
"The student and I met for the first time and I observed her style of question answering for some sample math questions on the GRE. We covered basic skills for the test which include calculating answers completely in order to make accurate evaluations. We identified some areas which need review including exponents, averages, and geometry. Once into problems, she was quite able to calculate accurately and select correct answers with certainty. We will practice to make this process fast."
"We went over a games section and half of an arguments section. The student will focus on organizing games meticulously, especially deductions before he begins answering questions. We will work more on necessary assumption questions tomorrow."
"Continued working with the student on his paper for English class on Elizabeth Stoddard's novel The Morgesons, in particular the way the author works with narrative shifts and flashback in the story. He has a very sharp mind, and can write well when he sets his mind to it. The task is to make sure that he articulates his thoughts in a coherent matter on the page. Good session today."
"We spent the session going over the student's most recent science test. She did not do as well as she and I hoped, in part because of errors on the short answer part of the test. Her teacher told her that if she submitted corrected responses to the questions she got wrong, he would give her some points back. So we went through the questions and typed up detailed, correct answers. The questions mostly dealt with differences between ionic and covalent bonding, crystal lattice structure, and molecular geometry. When we went through the questions, Jessica seemed to understand the material well, it was just that she had a tough time applying her knowledge during the actual test. This was also the case for the multiple choice, so we spent the last few minutes going over those questions and talking about how to better prepare, individually, for her next test."
"The student and I did a power session today. We did several essays (, made a list of the remaining vocab words that he doesn't know, and worked on math. We will meet again tomorrow to wrap up."
"The student worked on a rough draft of an animal story we began last week based on the book TUESDAY. Afterwards we identified nouns and verbs, and went back and added adjectives and stronger verbs to improve his writing."
"In the session with the student today, we covered the essentials of substitution, elimination, alkene and alkyne reactions. She worked through the exam review set that had been assigned by her teacher and was able to rationalize her way through most of the problems independently with some minor guidance."