Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the workbook, which looked pretty good, for the most part. He is still really getting caught up in the "why" things are the way they are, and he really really needs to let that go. That is a very scientific perspective, and languages (in the manner that he is learning them) are not a science. He is doing much better with remembering verb forms and noun endings, which is great. It still takes a little time for him to recall them, but he is vastly improving in that ability."
"Student 1 and I focused on reading. She did a good job maintaining her attention span. We played some games she helped invent to distinguish between long and short vowel sounds, and then talked about how a silent 'e' at the end of a word makes the preceding vowel long. Student 2 demonstrated his long multiplication skills. We drilled his times tables (emphasis on sevens), and then worked on the transition into division. He is beginning to identify the relationship between the two, and he's doing a good job dividing easy facts. "
"We practiced many integration problems and focused on the difference between definite and indefinite integrals. We also reviewed some definitions and theorems, and how those are applied in the way that the professor would ask."
"Today we finished up the student's homework assignment covering electrochemistry. Today was spent doing problems involving cell EMF under non-standard conditions as well as the Nernst equation. She seems to be doing very well with this chapter. She will need to memorize some things to be ready for the exam, such as remembering whether reduction occurs as the cathode or at the anode, but I think she understands the material quite well and does a good job working through the problems with very little help."
"The student and I discussed her past test results and talked about her approach to each section. I shared some strategies for each section with her as well. We brainstormed responses for five different prompts. She seems very comfortable with this, and is not concerned about this section anymore. Next week we will practice some strategies for each section."
"The student and I worked on both English and math today. He took an English test while I read and wrote comments about his writing sample. He completed the English test in 43 minutes and scored a 29. We also worked on some math problems. Specifically we went over questions he got wrong on a previous test. I also went through an English test and a math test, and highlighted similar questions to ones he has trouble with. I also went over verb tense with him and active vs. passive voice."
"We reviewed chapters 1-3 of her statistics class. We spent a lot of time on definitions, normal distributions, mean/median/mode, and especially box-and-whisker plots. Next session we'll review z-scores and standard deviation for her test on Thursday."
"Essentially went over the English and reading sections of a practice ACT test (Test 1). We will be doing the math and science sections of the same practice test on Thursday. She understands my explanations readily. I recommended she get further practice from online ACT practice questions in the meantime."
"We reviewed the entire Quantitative section #2 of practice 1 of the SSAT. We also reviewed passage 1 and 2 of reading comprehension, #1-11 of the SSAT. She is also very adept in math. She grasps new concepts very quickly and is able to repeat the exact steps it takes to solve a problem verbally. Her reading comprehension is decent. She has sound reasoning why she would choose a certain answer, but should refer back to the passage in order to find a solid answer."
"We started off by going over a strategy for solving problems with averages. We then went over word problems and did the multiple choice problem set in the student's practice book. I also taught Cole the common techniques of picking numbers and plugging in the answers, and I had him complete several problems related to these."
"Talked about school progress since last session, reviewed midterm questions, and definitions of opportunity cost, factors of production, real & nominal GDP. Covered the effects of price changes on demand/supply curves."
"The student and I continued to work through Chapter 9.2 problems - he was using a set of notes on Chapter 7 (sampling distribution) from his teacher and I think he was continuing to gain a better understanding of the material."