Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent most of our session today on new French material. She is learning how to conjugate the verb "avoir" and what expressions use that verb. We spent a short time reviewing the verb conjugation we had covered before her spring break. The end of the session we spent on her algebra homework which consisted of solving square roots. She was completely confident with that material and probably could have taught me how to do it. Next time we will continue working on the new French material and keep reviewing the old material to keep it fresh in her mind."
"Continued covering fluid mechanics by focusing on solving problems using Bernoulli's equation and the continuity equation. We then went over various integrative problems found at the end of the fluid mechanics, which combined the concepts we previously studied with those of fluid mechanics. Next, we moved into discussing heat by starting with temperature and how to convert different temperature units. We then discussed heat, energy, energy conservation, and the differences between heat loss and heat gain. Finally, we covered specific heat capacities and went over a few calorimetry problems to observe the use of specific heats in problem solving."
"We started spending some time to review the A's from work book (~120 words). I tested her, and re-tested her on any vocab she did not get correct, re-testing her a 3rd time with a few words when necessary. We next turned to writing. We read an old SAT writing prompt from 2009, and she brainstormed the pros and cons to the argument. We then discussed one of her summer reading books as an example she could use to illustrate a con while weaving it with a pro. I also challenged her to think of personal experiences she could use to present the dilemma that the prompt presented, but to ultimately present a case for the pro. For HW, I assigned her C's (at least 60) from Word Smart and at least one additional section from the old SAT Test 7."
"Worked on making up English assignments. Reviewed vocabulary for a make up test. Outlined her Personal Legend project. May work on essay on Thursday."
"This evening the student and I did a concept review for his upcoming test on motion and force. He recalled most of the concepts easily, but a few required further reinforcement, especially the Second Law of Motion (the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration). After the general concept review, we went over some practice questions to further reinforce the ideas; he did very well on these questions."
"During my session with the student today we discussed the material she is covering in her chemistry class including Lewis dot diagrams, electron configuration, and atomic orbitals. She expressed that she felt relatively confident with the material considering we covered each of those topics last semester during her online class. In addition, we discussed the assessment. We spent some time discussing exam strategies. She expressed that she needs to develop her writing skills before taking the exam. We will work more on chemistry and exam prep during our next session."
"Today the student and I went over science topics again. Her vocabulary words this week (20) were all supposed to relate to science content, so we took words like moderate or emerge and related them to different types of climates and taxonomies of animals. Additionally, we went over her exam practice and talked about which answers were correct and reasons why. Also noting why other answer choices were incorrect and why."
"We worked problems at the back of chapters 9 and 12 in the student's Statistics book in preparation for her test on Monday. We also reviewed the study guide and any concepts that she wasn't completely sure about that would be covered on her upcoming test."
"The first student and I reviewed some vocabulary terms like "earth", "sun", and "flower", along with some animals. She and I learned 5 more animals together, while the second student and I reviewed colors. I taught him how to say "My favorite color is ___.""
"Reviewed calculus homework. - Talked through concepts to make sure it was understood conceptually. - Wrote out step-by-step directions for the type of problems on the homework. - Talked about how you would solve HARDER problems."
"In our first session, the student focused on completing her Chapter 4 homework. We discussed how the student would start each homework problem. She is quick with all the algebra. She is able to solve algebraic expressions efficiently and accurately. The student was able to complete a few during the session. Our next session will cover the Chapter 4 pretest."
"We reviewed for the mid-term, covering various topics including the yield curve, different types of setting up a business and financial assets. We also introduced derivatives and the distinction between the primary and secondary markets."