Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered the first 3 chapters in her Algebra II book. This included basic algebra skills, graphing, and solving systems of linear equations. The student seems very comfortable with math. She'll be ready for calculus in no time!"
"We started off tonight by briefly reviewing the first-derivative test for the student's quiz tomorrow. After that, we began the practice problem set for finding concavity and utilizing the second-derivative test. It took a little extra explanation, but he quickly picked up on the process for finding concavity, largely thanks to its similarity to the process for finding increase or decrease. Next time we will finish this problem set and review for next week's test."
"The student made phenomenal progress today- I could tell she had spend most of the day reviewing chemistry. She seemed much more confident in approaching the problems on her practice exam. We worked through each problem on the practice exam spending a good chuck of time on her weak points (buffers, ionic vs. covalent compounds, solute particles etc.). We also reviewed what the heat of reaction was as well as rate concepts and energy of activation. I am so proud of all of the work she has done- we have covered an incredible amount of material and I am confident that she understands the basics of acid/base, solution and kinetics chemistry. We will be meeting tomorrow to begin reviewing the renal system in preparation for her exam on Monday."
"I checked the student's Math Today and we did his math homework which was about triangles. We talked about reading problems carefully to help him improve his quiz grades. The other student and I spent some extra time finishing her exam practice packet. We practiced interpreting words problems (when do I add, subtract, multiply, or divide). She still needs practice, but we are making progress!"
"The student and I went over the stoichiometry section of her final exam review packet. For whatever reason, everything about stoichiometry all of a sudden 'clicked' for the student during this particular tutoring session. I only had to correct her twice, if that."
"During this session we went through the practice problems for the multiple choice and the student produced response questions, as well as the math practice section. They are getting faster at the easier problems and becoming better at thinking through the harder problems."
"First we reviewed the student's notes about monopolies and monopolistic competition. I tried to emphasize the major concepts of the demand and supply curves, how they apply to each scenario, and how to tell when there is profit or loss based on relationships between MC, ATC, and the demand curve. We worked together on his exam which he earned a 78% on. He mentioned that his previous exam scores have been in the 50's so this is a significant improvement."
"Today we worked on one of his journal entries (book report). His writing isn't that bad. He wrote his thoughts and ideas down as prewriting so we could refer back to it later during the writing process. He read every sentence aloud in order to check for grammatical correctness and style. Most of his mistakes he was able to catch on his own through this technique. In the last part of the session we reviewed the grammar concepts we went over last time. For next time he wants to work on another journal entry, where he attempts to predict the plot of a book he is planning to read, so I asked him to pick out a book for that and have it with him Saturday."
"We spent the session working on workbook pages. We had a reading comprehension section that the student did fairly well in. He did have some trouble recognizing characters, however. After we worked on sentence structure and sentence patterns. For the last twenty minutes, I had the student breakdown the structure of the characters using the characters from the reading comprehension. He's slowly starting to gain a better understanding of character structures, which in turn will improve his writing."
"We reviewed the first few sections of her newest chapter on redox reactions. We spent the session going over the steps needed to balance a redox reaction in acidic or basic solution. By the end of the session the student was able to completely and correctly balance a redox reaction."
"We spent time editing and suggesting revisions for admission materials- the student's CV/resume, personal statement, and statement of research inquiry. The remainder of the hours set aside from admissions materials will be used after the student will have taken the GRE."
"Went over the student's most recent notes covering electrochemistry. We discussed finding E cell, G, spontaneity, anode/cathode, and reducing vs oxidizing agent, along with the Nerst equation. We compared galvanic and electrolytic cells as well as worked on a few practice problems from her textbook."