Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student researched Greek and Roman mythological figures. She discovered that the Greeks and the Romans had similar figures with different names. We also researched mythological creatures such as Unicorn, Pegasus and Cyclops."
"1)We reviewed comments from the student's teacher on the Jupiter essay. 2)We read a short essay on the black widow and took notes on its main idea and supporting details in order to determine the author's message."
"Today we covered his lab, and reviewed chapters 6 and 7. The student had worked out more end-of-chapter questions from Chapter 6, and said he felt the exercise may be helpful. We went over his answers, and worked several more, and tried to further develop the technique of interpreting the question, fitting answers to the logic of the question, and most importantly, going back through the chapter to elucidate the right from the wrong answers. Specifically, he came up with an analogy for the protein transport function of the Golgi apparatus. I recommended he go back over his answers from lab sessions as some were incorrect, and we worked on understanding the parts of the cells and their functions."
"Met with the student to review chapter 20 of her textbook on Chi-square testing. I explained the concepts and we started working through problems. She understood how to set up the problems and the formula for calculating the Chi-Square statistic. She also knew how to read a Chi-Square table given the correct degrees of freedom. She also gave the correct statistical conclusion for the problems. In section B we worked on more difficult problems where the expected values had to be calculated using the row and column totals and dividing by the count total. She successfully set up the statistic and made the correct statistical decision. Lastly we worked on problems calculating Phi for 2x2 Chi-Square tables. The student understood the concepts very well and worked through the problems with relative ease. I helped her when she was stuck. In preparation for her final exam, we will continue practicing Chi-Squares while reinforcing older concepts."
"We covered induced current in a loop through a changing magnetic field, induced magnetic field due to a charging capacitor, Maxwell-Amper Law, total magnetic flux though a surface, induced electric field due to db/dt."
"The student and I reviewed her results from her SAT diagnostic test and identified the math section as the area that needed the most work. We then walked through her test, section by section, to examine her incorrect answers and discuss the errors that led her astray. In the verbal section, we discussed strategies for supplying her own words before looking at the answer choices so as not to be fooled by tempting false answers. In writing, we talked through some grammar rules to be mindful of, such as parallel structure and subject-verb agreement. In math, we examined time-saving strategies, both in realizing that earlier questions are often simpler than they look and in weighing whether the "time-sink" final questions are necessarily the best use of her time."
"In our first session I discussed with the student the details of the book as well as the methodology that will be employed to teach her Spanish. During the first hour we went over some basic words and phrases in Spanish. I also gave her some tips for learning quickly a second language. In addition to this, I suggested she do flash cards with sentences and drawings of vocabulary use in the cultural part. As for tomorrow, the student needs to memorize the first grammar points which are the personal pronouns and to study the introduction. It was a very productive session and I believe she will be a great student."
"The student worked on her math HW, graphing circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas. I also taught her how to balance a chemical equation, find the limiting reagent using an ICE chart, and determine amount of product formed."
"Today we worked on quadratic equations. We are for sure going to work on that the next time. I will also bring some different resources to help the student understand quadratic equations."
"Met with the student and continued working on the Reading section. She's doing well on the vocabulary and math sections. Also, she got 6 books with reading problems, so we began working through them."
"The student and I worked on review for his quiz. We talked about polynomials and writing them from their zeros, as well as finding zeros through both polynomial long division and synthetic division. We also looked at graphs and determined vertex, range, domain, and intercepts."
"The student and I reviewed the basic concepts of the unit circle (section 4.3 of his precalculus text). We went over how to covert from units of degrees to radians, how to find the values of trig functions by sketching a triangle, and how to distinguish between even and odd functions. We also discussed the inverse trigonometric functions (arcsin, arccos, and arctan) which he has not yet studied in depth in class. I asked him to read the section in his book and to do 7 homework problems, and he and I will go over these in our next session so I can assess his progress and understanding."