Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I looked over one of his major projects this semester: a family tree project. We discussed how he might organize an essay based on an oral history interview, which he had just completed. Together, we drew up an outline for the essay and discussed how to link the paragraphs to his overall thesis. He has made good progress in terms of essay organization and framing. He continues to find the opening of an essay challenging, a point we will focus on in future sessions."
"To begin, we talked about what she is learning in her Georgia History class and made sure that she understood the important concepts about the Civil War. To do this, we used my mini whiteboard and made a list for both the Union and the CSA about who had what advantages, generals, and any other important facts. We then moved onto practicing for drafting essays. I have tried to help the student see that essays are not at all hard to write. Together, we drafted an outline for a 10 paragraph essay in only 20 minutes. It was a great session!"
"During this session we covered topics concerning North America's natural resources. The student's homework was to write down 6 facts about the natural resources of North America from a section of her social studies textbook. We started by coming up with a definition of what natural resources are and what/how they're used. We then went over the questions at the end of the textbook section. We discussed the different resources of North America, how and what they're used for, and how their abundance improves the US and Canada's economy and standards of living. She had a lot of questions, especially about energy, and we spent time going over the different fossil fuel natural resources of North America and what we actually do to them to get energy (we burn them!). She has a social studies quiz on Thursday on three sections covering North American geography and resources which we'll review more in Wednesday's session."
"In this session, we went through some of the student's homework problems covering uniform circular motion, including tension and banked curves with friction. She had a good understanding of the forces involved and how to write an equation for net forces. Overall, her understanding of forces, especially net force and friction, has noticeably improved."
"The student and I discussed stereochemistry and how it works. We went over the reasons as to why stereochemistry is observed as well as discussing chirality and Sn1, Sn2, E1 and E2 reaction mechanisms. She was very attentive and was very pleasant to work with, and we accomplished a lot in one session."
"We covered Science and Reading today for the ACT. The student struggled a little bit with time and made mental errors, but we discussed strategies to overcome this. He was very quick to realize mistakes and showed great capability as far as the actual material goes."