Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked hard this session. We read numerous books. He loves to read the books, which is great. However, we are still working on his motivation when it comes to writing. We also worked on grouping items and explaining why they are the same and why they are different. He is making good progress so far."
"The student is doing a very good job keeping up with his assignments. He is up to date with math and history. We spent the hour completing his English assignment. He has an essay due in two weeks, and a history exam in about two and a half weeks."
"Topics: Logarithmic expressions, log inverses. Progress: We covered the worksheet the student brought home from school. We also went over similar examples in a text book of mine as well as several print outs from a prep site. the student fumbled over the first couple but once he knew what he was doing he got into a rhythm and we were able to cover over a dozen examples. Tomorrow night we will most likely move into logarithmic functions and their inverses."
"The student and I started doing admissions test practice work. We worked through the math section in practice test 5. She definitely seems to have a better understanding of the math questions. I am having her take the first practice test soon so that I can get an idea of where she stands on the overall test and know what to target for the next couple months."
"Today we worked on finding a variable for x and y dealing with circles and angles. Tangent lines of a circle, secant lines of a circle. Also finding the Area of the sector and finding the arc length of a circle. She is doing a good job but needs to study more when I'm not there. She understands everything we talk about but doesn't study when she is alone. I told her parents that she needs to study more so they are going to enforce that a lot more. She did a good job today"
"The student got a 97% on her Chapter 3 Test! Today we went over section 4.1 which was about completing the square, discriminant, and quadratic formula. We first worked through problems where we had to complete the square in order to find the roots of a quadratic equation. I demonstrated the procedure and helped her work through these problems. I would only step in when I saw that she was making a mistake. I would then ask her questions to get her to find the mistake herself. Then we solved quadratics using the quadratic formula and looked for the number of real roots it has. I think her skills are really good. Overall, I am very pleased with her progress."
"The student and I moved on to reviewing the subjunctive tense. We went over what the use of the subjective tense is and how to form me. We then practiced conjugating nouns in the present, past, and subjective tenses. We also did a quick cultural review, covering the Impressionist art movement and the context out of which it developed."
"We went over the problems the student missed on his last math quiz. A couple of them he knew but made simple mistakes. He was unsure about isolating variables and testing to find if a given point lies on a given line, so we spent most of our time practicing those types of problems. By the end of the session, he seemed much more confident and able to solve those sorts of problems. It seems when he does not know the answer right away he gets worried rather than taking a few seconds to figure it out. I tried to make him aware of that and encouraged him to be patient when solving problems."
"The student and I continued working on inequalities. Section 3.7 introduced negatives into inequalities, and how multiplying or dividing by a negative causes the inequality to switch from greater than to less than or vice versa."
"During this session we went over energy problems. I went over the formulas for work, potential energy gravitational, potential energy elastic, kinetic energy, and heat. I gave the student a quiz at the beginning of the session. He was able to remember some of the equations, which is an improvement because when we did some problems we were able to do them a bit faster. Overall this session went well."
"We spent time preparing for the student's test tomorrow. We worked through problems involving exponential equations, quadratic equations (and solving for roots via the quadratic formula), as well as graphing transformations of the square root function."
"The student and I worked on History. We started a practice test and broke down each question. I helped her develop some test taking strategies to eliminate certain answer choices and to truly understand what the question is asking."