Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over her math homework. She is doing great with simple algebraic equations, simplifying, and solving for x. We spent the majority of the time working on Spanish. The student is learning the phrases: que hora es, como te llamas, de donde eres, quien es, and que dia es hoy. After we practiced the phrases a few times, she got the hang of it. I wanted to make sure she was able to write her phrases and vocabulary so I gave her a written quiz. Finally, she showed me her homework for the weekend and we made a plan to help her organize."
"We continued to work on the reading section by completing additional passages and questions. We also practiced understanding the main idea and purpose of passages and labeling paragraphs for quick reference. The student will complete a full-length practice test for the next lesson."
"This morning the student prepared for her upcoming quiz in algebra. We practiced factoring various polynomials using the box method. Then we learned how to determine four key points (X intercepts, Y intercept and vertex point) to graph the equation. She also learned to back calculate the polynomial given the four points."
"Today the student and I prepared for her upcoming chemistry quiz over the balancing of reactions. We worked through a balancing handout to ensure that she understood how to do them. Afterward, we talked about the different types of chemical reactions and what she might be expected to know from each."
"The student and I went over one of his tests covering quadratics mostly. After refreshing him with that we worked through some imaginary number problems. We'll meet again on Wednesday and have a final review session for his final on Thursday."
"In lab, he alternated working on the last assignment and discussing theory behind the circuitry. He started by implementing the subtractor in Verilog and refreshing ourselves on Verilog syntax, flow, and data types. Then, we discussed and built selectional logic for the adder/subtractor, and explored gate count optimization by leveraging the carry-in of a full adder to calculate the increment portion of the 2's complement. Finally, he completed the multiplier while talking about relevant topics: partial products, arbitrarily-large adders, sequential addition, zero padding, and upper/lower result. The only remaining step for the assignment should be to complete final selection logic for integrating the adder-subtractor and multiplier together."
"This session was mostly diagnostic. I assigned 7 and 8 to review all necessary algebra and arithmetic."
"Began reviewing verbal section. Went over text completion and short passage. Did several problems together. Student will do a diagnostic test before next session."
"The student and I went over the quantitative section of the GRE. She understood how to do most of the problems, and she identified her weaknesses well. They were exponents, geometry, and probability. We focused on problems that tested those concepts. One thing that will make a difference in her score is learning to identify the tricks that make the problems much easier."
"The student and I met for a session of GRE tutoring. In this session we did two practice sections of the GRE. She did pretty well on both, but performed lower than she wanted on the math portion. One thing she is going to focus on is memorizing her formulas to improve her math performance. Overall I think she is well prepared for the test already, and can only improve. She just has to not let the test intimidate her if she wants to succeed."
"We reviewed the basics of algebra 1. Adding like terms, simplifying equations, exponent rules, adding negatives, finding domains of fxns, evaluating and graphing fxns, putting quadratics into form and using the quadratic equation, and factoring (including identity rules)."
"The student and I did homework due this week during our tutoring session. We spent a majority of the time on math; she is learning fractions and decimals and seems to grasp the concept quite quickly and well and enjoys them, but has trouble with lining up her addition and subtraction problems. Future sessions will be devoted not only to homework, but also extra practice sheets to be sure she has mastered the basics. Keeping her on task and engaged with outside of school stories while studying for her vocabulary test worked well (i.e. she learned the word 'stunt' today and was able to always remember the definition because I explained what a stunt double in a movie was)."