Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered sets, the counting principle, and Venn diagrams. The student picked up each topic quickly. He told me that he struggles to learn from his teacher, but felt that the material was easy once we went over it. He's got a great attitude toward learning the material and he's motivated to learn."
"The student and I learned about radioactive decay and the types of emission possible in nuclear reactions. While this is a complex subject, simply by balancing the masses of particles on each side makes it easier. The hardest part is remembering what type of radiations do what. We will continue to work on this."
"We went over limiting reagent type questions (stoichiometry), balancing redox reactions in acidic conditions, stoichiometry questions using redox reactions, stoichiometry questions using precipitating reactions, and how to balance redox equations using basic conditions (do the redox balancing acidic and neutralize it at the end by adding OH- to both sides). I taught him how to use the box method to keep track of all his units and moles, grams, etc., and showed him how incredibly useful it is for limiting reagent questions."
"We went through both verbal and math diagnostic results and troubleshot any immediate problems. The student is struggling most with vocabulary and remembering math concepts from years past. Both will be easily remedied with focused practice. Strategies used included looking for context clues about the relationship between "blank words" in two-blank verbal problems, as well as strategies for elimination. We also went over various math formulas and approaches. Student is assigned to study vocabulary flashcards and take a survey of math concepts in her prep book. Great job!"
"Today was my first day meeting the student, so I spent the beginning of the tutoring session getting to know him. He is a very bright kid, and very good at math but does a lot of math in his head without showing his work. Therefore, we spent the majority of the time going over how to explain his answers. I showed him a few tips and it seemed to help him better explain his answers. Overall, he is a very smart kid and I look forward to working with him."
"We studied Jim Crow laws and other racial issues from the post-Reconstruction era. The student struggled a bit with his writing today. I suggested ways to fix sentences and showed him examples of similar sentences for how to explain ideas that were not fully explained. He is going to work on the next reading and the quiz that accompanies it. It was a pretty good session. The student's ideas were good and he had a good understanding of the material."