Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student kept working on her word search assignment. We spoke about an algorithm used for loops to search horizontally from left to right in a two dimensional array. In order to get the student to understand the algorithm, we went over the code through debugging mode step by step. Prior to going to the next step, I would ask the student to predict the outcome (which she got correct most of the time). After going over that algorithm, the student and I spoke about how to change it so that it would work from left to right. Effectively, the ideas we came up with ended up working out. We also got the vertical search from bottom up and from top to bottom to work as well. For our next session, we will hopefully get all of the diagonal searches to work."
"We continued working tonight on the student's calculator project. She had done a lot of the work herself and just needed a few pointers here and there for the standard math functions. Tonight we added the ability to square a number and we attempted a factorial function. We also added the ability to use a decimal point. Finally, we added some basic error handling, in case of accidentally pressing the keys twice."
"We worked a little on implementing Dijkstra's Algorithm (single-source-shortest-path) in C++. We also worked on implementation choices for directed and undirected graphs."
"The student and I completed his weekly math assignment. He displayed a variety of problem solving strategies and continued to impress me with his high level thinking and grasp of deeper math concepts. Fluency, particularly with multiplication and division, continue to be his area of greatest challenge. We worked some on partial quotients division, a long division strategy which allows students to use math fact strategies to multiply their way up to the answer in the division problem. I feel this approach can be effective for him, with his good pattern recognition abilities, and will continue to work on it with him each week when time permits."
"The student and I reviewed the essay that he had written for me this week. Although he had some interesting thoughts and a strong argument, he had not addressed the prompt I had given him, which instructed him to create a version of utopia in which he would like to live. He has trouble finding a middle ground between complete fantasy/creativity and complete reality/objectivity. We are going to try the same writing exercise for next week. Also, we went over his scores for his SAT, and I'm going to prepare some exercises for our next tutorial."
"She and I went over practice questions for her interview tomorrow. She did very well, although she got stuck on a rather complicated dynamic programming problem. She powered through, though, and ended up with a very efficient solution! We'll meet tomorrow to finish looking over some other practice problems. She should get some sleep and drink some coffee tomorrow to make sure she brings her A game to the interview!"