Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a large geometry review packet today because he has a test on Tuesday. He had no weekend chemistry homework, which gave us the ability to focus more on all of the material in geometry. We worked on surface areas and volumes of all different types of polyhedrons. The student has gotten much better at visualizing the 3D shapes that this chapter deals with. The only thing that slowed him down when he was working on the packet was some of the formulas that he didn't quite have memorized. However, I don't see that as much to worry about - I'm confident that he will become more comfortable with the formulas as he does more practice."
"The student and I worked on a variety of calculus problems today (acceleration/velocity, implicit differentiation, discontinuities, etc.). Overall, I'm thrilled with his progress. He seems to have a solid understanding of the material."
"The student had finished his homework due Sunday so we started on this week's lessons. He got most of the way done with the first section of homework for this week. It seems like he has a pretty intuitive grasp of this section."
"Physics: Drawing force diagrams for objects that are accelerating upwards and downwards and moving at a constant velocity, solving distance traveled given an acceleration and an elapsed time Math: Finding roots for polynomial equations by using a mix of quadratic equation, looking at a calculator generated graph, rational root theorem, and synthetic division. Reviewed these problems for upcoming exam by looked at assigned problems from the book and from the worksheet."
"The student and I went over electron configurations and orbitals, and she took her quiz and test. She then picked a topic for her project, and we started working on the "nuclear project:" radiation and health issues."
"Tonight the student had math homework. The major concepts were solving algebraic expressions. I explained that she needed to do the opposite function in order to solve the equation. After some coaching the student was able to figure out the problems for her homework."
"The student and I reviewed tips for the Sentence Completion questions types, followed by a set of practice exercises. The tips were regarding using clues in the sentence to look for synonyms, opposites, supporting ideas, and definitions, and connotations (good/bad, positive/negative). Also, to look for clues within the answer choices (root words, prefixes, etc.) if she doesn't know the meanings. We also looked at double-blank sentences using the same tips. We then reviewed strategies for Critical Reading, including vocab questions, logical inferences, main ideas, etc. The biggest tip was for her to read the question first and try to answer prior to reviewing the answer choices. She will take a practice test before our next session."
"Today we focused on math. We discussed fractions, reading graphs, and translating word problems. She had a little trouble figuring out the increments or scale of the graphs. I showed her how to label them to make it easier to answer the questions. We also worked on synonyms and spelling. Discussed elimination and plugging in strategy. She did well overall but just needs to review spelling rules. Next time I will discuss overall strategies and work on more practice sections. H.W.- e-mailed math problems, and some language problems from the prep book."
"Reviewed vocabulary definitions. I asked the student to write a short story to see where he currently is in his writing. Based upon his writing sample, we discussed verb tense agreement and also clarifying details. During our next meeting, we will continue with verb tense agreement, creating complex sentences, and speed reading."
"Topics covered: reviewed rules for indefinite integrals, reviewed u-substitution for indefinite integrals. Progress achieved: the student is now more comfortable and confident in identifying and solving indefinite integrals"
"Today the student and I worked on practice problems concerning square roots. He has not mastered the material yet, but with each mistake he made, he did well on not repeating it again. After I felt that he had sufficient practice, we moved on to Pythagorean theorem. We very briefly reviewed geometrical aspects of triangles and then worked on problems requiring the use of the theorem. He did well."
"1. Reviewed vocabulary from the book "The Compound." 2. Vocabulary quiz. 3. Reviewed plot/discussion questions from "The Compound." 4. Homework: grammar pre-test and grammar worksheets to be completed and be discussed at next meeting."