Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over that tough Haber Process problem, discussing the explicit solution to the equilibrium constant expression, and the 1st order approximation to it. The student's attitude was very good, and her understanding of the problem was as good as mine. She has another problem set that I am looking at right now, and we'll discuss it in the next session scheduled for later today."
"We worked on reading, which the student does well; logic games, which he still has a few issues with; and logical reasoning - match the structure, which he did perfectly. We will meet late Wednesday and work on logic games only."
"The student and I spent tonight's session working on solving word problems. Developing algebraic expressions from word problems is something that we worked on a few weeks back, but I thought it was worth revisiting, as it is a crucial pre-algebra topic. She is pretty comfortable with one-step problems, but often struggles with more difficult two-step problems. Often, her biggest issue is reading questions carefully in order to define variables and set up equations. When she does this properly, she has little trouble solving her equations. We'll continue to work on word problems over the next few weeks. It's important that she is very comfortable with this process; it's a crucial foundational ability that will help her not only with more advanced algebra topics, but eventually with standardized test questions (PSAT/SAT) as well."
"The student and I had another great session. We covered chapter 4 up to page 100. Specifically, we discussed total revenue, elasticity, long term vs. short term, marginal cost, average variable cost, average total cost, market equilibrium, deadweight loss, and happiness! He truly does have a great understanding of these concepts (I'm not saying this just to be nice). He's able to recite definitions at will, but he grasps exactly what the definitions mean. We are going to read the rest of chapter 4 and take the quiz before our next economics lesson. One piece of advice (I told him clearly during the lesson): write down important equations. Many questions can be answered simply with given equations."
"The student had a book of conversations in Japanese, so we went through a few of those conversations and expanded on them. We also went through a conversation he would have later on. I explained that listening may also be a beneficial way to learn, so I recommended watching Japanese news without any subtitles as a side activity."
"This was my initial session with this student. We talked about why she was interested in Japanese and what her goals were, and laid out a basic strategy of building vocabulary and learning basic reading skills that will prepare her for learning the language. We also worked today on basic greetings and counting from 1 to 100. For a first time Japanese learner, she did a great job with pronunciation and with remembering phrases. She picked up the numbers very quickly, and was soon able to generate more complex numbers without prompting from me. For our next session, I will send some preparatory materials to her mom, and we will review tonight's work and do some more greetings, then start working on telling time and other simple phrases. Also, we'll start learning the first five hiragana characters."