Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by working through some verbal diagnostic questions. We then started right into math. The student remembers much of his basic math from the past. I have great confidence that we will be able to work through all the basics without major issues. We did arithmetic, algebra, and the beginning of percentages out of the test prep book. I assigned problems from these chapters as well as the text completion chapter."
"We covered more concepts and problems in geometry. We worked on problems involving area and perimeter of triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, word problems in geometry, special triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90), diagonals of squares, area and height of equilateral triangles, squares inscribed in circles, and area and perimeter of squares. The student was most successful at geometry problems that involved visualization or diagrams."
"We started off with geometry, including circles, spheres, triangles, rectangles, rectangular prisms, and cylinders. After that, we did a bunch of vocabulary questions, with an emphasis on questions where you must find two answers that are synonyms. The student continues to be an eager and willing student. In addition, she is wonderfully patient and flexible about technical difficulties. She has some practice tests to work on, as well as lists of vocabulary and math facts/equations to study. As before, the student's biggest challenges are speed at math problems and knowing vocabulary for verbal problems. I think practice and studying vocabulary words are the best way to conquer these challenges. I think the only new strategy we covered is breaking a math problem into smaller, easier to conceptualize, parts."
"Today's session went well, as we covered mainly chemistry subjects and a mixture of thermodynamics and calorimetry."
"We looked at some diagnostic test material and looked at some exam cracker passage based questions. We stressed the importance of using passages only as they are needed to answer questions. For example, there was a passage about moths and bats and you needed to use the doppler effect to answer the question, but you didn't need to know their relative velocities in that particular question and the info. In the passage could be potentially be misused to answer this question. Topics included doppler effect, frequency, wavelength, velocity of sound, electrostatics, organic chemistry naming conventions etc."
"We primarily covered acid-base chemistry, as well as redox reactions and ideal gas problems involving density. The student was extremely focused and motivated, but struggled some with the core concepts of acid-base dissociation in water, as well as balancing oxidation-reduction reactions. I suggested he review these sections in his prep book and assigned a difficult balancing problem for us to go over at the next section. He demonstrated a strong grasp of electrochemistry and galvanic cells, which was a huge win. Go team!"