Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test this week on Chapter 3 and was assigned Chapter 3 review problems. We focused on those and I helped her correct her mistakes. She better understands the usage of angle theorems and proof statements but needs to have more practice with problem statements. We will discuss/ review her test results the next session."
"We began the session with chemistry. I brought in a review worksheet that she completed while I looked over her exam. The subjects that we covered in depth were mostly correct with the exception of a few small errors. When she looked at those problems, she was able to tell me exactly what she did wrong. I will bring in more information on the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. She needs to work on remembering vocabulary, so I will look to find a more effective way for her to retain the words. She has a test tomorrow."
"This was my first time to meet the student so she quickly went through the things that she has already covered in geometry and explained to me where she was having difficulty. She also had a worksheet review that had about 10 proofs. This is where we spent the most of our time during the session. It is clear to me that she understands all the theorems that relate interior, exterior and complementary angles. We worked on trying to redraw (or omit) information in order to get her to better visualize what information she can get from certain given statements, which seemed to help. The last part of geometry that we discussed was how to find the slope of lines and the relationships between the slopes of two parallel or perpendicular lines. We also spent about 30-40 minutes doing a little bit of biology review. She said that she just had a test so there wasn't much to study yet but we did look ahead at the next topics she is going to have to cover and work on some of the homework questions that she has. She did tell me that topics involving more chemistry-like concepts are harder for her to understand. The next topics to cover are DNA, RNA, and proteins and some of the processes involved in replicating DNA, transcribing RNA and translation to proteins. Prior to leaving, her mother asked that I try to work on improving test taking skills and study habits so that she is more efficient with her study time and ultimately performs better on the test."
"We reviewed for the student's test on coordinate geometry, the Pythagorean theorem, and vectors. She has shown an improvement in all areas, based on her study guide. She was very eager to learn and to improve her understanding of the content."
"In this session I helped the student study and prepare for his geometry midterm. He was allowed to bring a 3 x 5 card filled out on one side only to use in the exam. I worked out a system to organize the info in a way that he can easily find what he needs. Then we began to review each unit. At the end of two hours, he had a process for reviewing videos, understanding the theorems and postulates, and writing them in a clear but abbreviated way on his card. Hopefully he continued until his card was filled. The test is multiple choice, so we also reviewed test taking strategies."
"The student's homework involved finding area of various figures, including triangles, rectangles, and circles. She tends to get her formulas mixed up depending on the type of shape, so I gave her some practical tips based on concrete knowledge (if it's round, use pi; if you look at a triangle as half of a rectangle, you'll use base times height or "length times width" and divide by two). She's also getting reacquainted with the Pythagorean theorem."