Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began working on his term paper on the Enlightenment. He is still struggling with organizing ideas, but he has completed the first draft."
"We studied economics this session, because the student is at a stopping point for history lessons at this time. We focused on supply and demand price and quantity equilibrium as found on charts."
"We made significant progress during this session in, first of all, establishing a set schedule (Mondays and Thursdays weekly) for our future meetings and, second, beginning to have specific tasks for him to accomplish before each session. We discussed what we had learned from the academic papers he had at least skimmed so far and did a few more searches in academic databases we had not covered yet, which proved to be useful. I also made certain that he knew how to proceed, step by step, from the university site to various databases, and how to do advanced searches. Given that he's most interested in the contradiction, or irony, of obesity being a problem among the poor, we discussed a way in which his paper could be constructed, keeping in mind of course that he's still at an early stage in his research. This model outline for a potential paper seemed to help him connect the articles he was reading to the writing process. For Thursday, he is to have read five articles that will likely be of use to his paper, especially those that cover his topic in a broad way, for example a paper reviewing current research, and write brief summaries of them."
"We worked through math, focusing on complex geometry, including surface area and volumes of cylinders, cones, pyramids, and spheres. We also spent some time with equations of lines, whether they were in standard form (ax+by=c) or slope-intercept (y=mx+b), finding parallel and perpendicular lines, especially using -a/b or b/a, and drawing pictures to save time in finding the intercepts. In addition, we solidified factoring, the Pythagorean theory, and sin/cos/tan."
"Today we worked on homework review, reading comprehension, and math review. The student is doing better in his math from what we did today. We worked on both math problems and reading. He got a few problems wrong on the reading comprehension. We will continue to work on expressions, square roots, and the Pythagorean theorem."
"We made some real sizable gains today on the Verbal areas. The student did nice work on the Health Care, a tough passage that required some serious analytical thinking to wade through. CR will be a big focus for us, and we really do need to hone in quicker and more accurately on the arguments and the premises behind them."