Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed student 1 and student 2's practice writing sections. After that, I discussed their essays with them individually. Student 1's was very well-organized, and two of her three body paragraphs had nice, specific examples to support her claims. We discussed how to improve the specificity of her second body paragraph, how to make her introduction more relevant to her body paragraphs, and how to introduce and dismiss potential counterclaims to reveal the full sophistication of her thinking. Student 2's essay was also very well-organized. He in particular needs to provide specific evidence for his assertions. With both students I showed them how to correct the grammatical and mechanical errors in their essays, but these were all relatively minor in nature. For homework, they are taking a full practice PSAT test."
"Met with the student to go over Physics. -Went over the student most recent physics exam and explained questions she did not answer correctly. -Worked with her to explain the answer and give the concepts behind it. -Explained examples from class and worked through problems in textbook. -Explained dynamics and mechanics including Newton's 1st Law, resolving vectors, and finding equilibrant forces. -Explained concepts in acceleration of objects in relation to their velocity and applied force. The student has a good understanding of basic physics concepts but got tripped up in some definitions of scalars and vectors as well as the equilibrium force in opposite directions. When I gave her the explanations she seemed to grasp the concept well and is able to solve problems better. Will continue working problems with her so that she can solve them all correctly herself. "
"Complex and imaginary numbers and reviews of the FOIL method. Student got the concept extremely quickly but is prone to making minor mistakes in terms of simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication. After that, worked some ACT prep. Went through the science reasoning section to get an idea of the kind of problems she would be working since she had never seen those problems before."
"In this session, the student and I covered a range of topics. We went through some relevant sections of the book, talking about topics and working through a few example problems, as well. Then we talked a bit generally about the ACT and what to expect. Then he selected questions from a practice test that he thought would be the most challenging for him and we worked through the problems together. For next week, I am reminding him to talk to his teacher about what he missed during one class day last week. Because he may miss the majority of his Friday classes, I think asking his teacher what he will be missing will give him and I a great goal as far as what to work on during each weekly session."
"We covered conic sections today. We covered a lot of material, but it seemed like it was the first exposure of the material for her. We focused a lot on parabolas and ellipses, since they were first on the review sheet she had. We also touched on the majority of hyperbolas, but we didn't have time to do much with them."
"This was my first session with the client's son. The tutoring was for his statistics class. He and I worked on problems with normal distribution data sets: finding probabilities using z-scores, the z-score table, the mean and the standard deviation. We also worked on least squared regression graphs, as well as describing those graphs. My goal was to make the student feel comfortable with any type of problem he might encounter within the chapters he is studying right now, since he has a quiz and test re-take tomorrow in his statistics class. We worked through some problems from the book, his old test and the problem set answer key he has. By the end of the session, the student told me he definitely felt more comfortable with the material, and he solved a set of four types of probability/z-score problems with little to no problem at all."
"Topics: data interpretation overview Progress: The student and I were able to study the overview of data interpretation, and I think that it went pretty well. In the next session, we will practice the concepts together and see if anything needs more attention."
"Had the student do a practice test and I timed her. She worked on the reading comprehension and a math section. She did well on the reading comprehension but did not finish the math section. We will work more on that section the next time we meet."
"Student was able to finish a practice exam, but wasn't able to send it into us for scoring. After scoring her essay, she earned approximately a 2030 on her practice exam. She is well on her way to achieving her target score of a 2000 on the actual exam. We spent most of the session going over math, which tends to be her weakest section - although not by much. For this practice test, it seemed that absolute value and angle problems were the issue."
"The student and I completed several recent problems and then worked through her study guide together. She was going to finish studying by going through the rest of her study guide to make sure she was familiar with all of the problem types."
"Worked on reading and writing. The student does very well answering reading comprehension questions. We worked on reading through the passages faster, and looking for the shorter/easier ones to do first, reading over questions, etc."
"Conducted a quick review of range, domain, amplitude, and vertical stretch parameters of a sinusoid. We then proceeded with a review of conics and test corrections. I developed a strategy to attempt problems in each conic separately. This allowed focus on each conic and no overlap of concepts. We addressed completing the square strategies and solving for variable steps to devise appropriate answers based on the equations or graphs given"