Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a practice exam because she has an exam on Friday. We worked on multiple-choice and open-ended questions. She understood the material. I have been giving her notes and formula sheets, which have proved helpful. I also provided test-taking tips: ways to check her work, how to earn partial credit, and how to eliminate answer options for multiple-choice questions."
"The student and I spent the first part of the session going over her performance on her previous chem exam. She was doing well beforehand in our sessions and scored a 72 on the exam. It turns out that the majority of the points were from 2 problems. In one, she did generate the proper molecular formula at the beginning of the question, which caused all the rest of the answers to be wrong in that set. In other , it appears that she made some math errors which also added up in points. The test was over molar mass, empirical/molecular formulas, and percent composition. After reviewing some more questions, she appeared to have a good handle on how to tackle the problems again."
"I was able to meet with the student tonight and review all of the topics that have been covered up to this point in her class. She is a very bright student, and has a firm grip on all of the concepts covered at this point. I reviewed with her the importance of slowing down, showing her work, and going over her answers. The next session will center around her upcoming test and discussing new material."
"The student completed the majority of his chapter review worksheets at home, and we went over the answers together and I corrected/taught any mistakes that I came across. He expressed confusion about applying the quadratic equation to negative radicands (under the radical), and we worked through multiple problems with such negative radicands and discussed the topic of imaginary numbers and the fact that i^2=-1. The student appeared to understand all the topics that we covered."
"The student had a few questions from recent lectures, so we discussed those first. She hadn't had a chance to really work on one of them on her own yet, so I told her to go through it herself and then we would discuss it again. We also talked about her plan for how to study for the final. She is supposed to get her midterm back tomorrow, and will send that to me so we can go over it next session. She is also going to try one of the practice tests on her own, and will look up anything she doesn't understand in the lectures. We will go over the test together. I also encouraged her to attend any review sessions put on by the TAs and to try to find study groups with other students."
"The student is doing very well in geometry currently and didn't have much to work on today. Hence, we looked at his geometry studies instead as he has a test coming up, and there were concepts he was confused about. I walked him through several of the concepts: similarity and proportions, parallel lines and transversals, special centers of triangles, and properties of quadrilaterals. We worked through several problems after talking about these concepts and he seemed to do pretty well with most of the problems we looked at. He seemed to have a better understanding of the concepts by the end of the session, so he should do pretty well on his upcoming test."