Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had our first full session today, and we went over equilibria, solubility, and molar solubility problems. We also focused on the LeChatelier principle and talked about how changing volume, pressure, temperature, and concentration affected the shift of the equilibrium of the reaction. We will have another session on Tuesday night, and I really enjoyed working with her for the first time."
"Today we continued our discussion of DNA replication. This is a dense area to cover and seems to be slightly difficult for the student. As such, we relied heavily on drawing replication forks to continually reiterate the principles of 5' to 3' synthesis. Conversely, we also had to discuss that DNA polymerase reads 3' to 5' so this back and forth can lead to confusion. We discussed in detail leading strand synthesis and all the protein components required as well as lagging strand synthesis and its protein components. Most of the session was based on this topics however we did lightly discuss RNA transcription. Because this area is so important we will be covering it again in our next session."
"We focused this session on working through Geometry homework dealing with rotating figures around points. In particular, we discussed how a single point is fixed when a rotation is performed and we can find where other points go by calculating their distance and angle from that fixed point. We also discussed rotational and reflective symmetry, worked through several example figures that exhibited these kinds of symmetry, and discussed regular polygons and their rotational symmetry. After working through the example problems, the student seemed to have a good grasp on rotational and reflective symmetry."
"Yesterday, the student and I went over English and math. We went over some addition problems with numbers in the hundreds, and some reading comprehension. She got a 79 on her science test, and was happy. Her mom would like her average to be at least a B. The student did well last night, and was eager to spend more time with me."
"The student and I had a good session. He had completed all of his homework. Unfortunately, he had not done as well on the no calculator section as he could have. This was really evident when you compare how well he did on the calculator section. Going forward, we will be dialing back his use of a calculator to get him prepared for the section. We reviewed trigonometry, because he was weak on his trigonometric functions. Overall, he grasped the concepts. His homework is to review his test and to write a chart highlighting the reasons he answered questions incorrectly. He also has another SAT practice test to take."
"We went through a lot of tests the student had done. He's doing very well. On math, he still needs work on domain and range, inverse functions, function transformations, and probability. On English, he could work more on semicolons, colons, and dashes. On reading, he needs to look at bigger picture stuff, especially for theme, tone, and character arcs. He's getting only a few wrong on any one test--he's doing extremely well, and only struggles on the hardest questions."