Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had a good first meeting learning how to work together. The GRE quantitative section is straight-forward in the number of principles it covers, but of course tricky in their application. After discussing the background of a method, and the reason to use it, the only other step is to practice that type of problem. If I can do a good job of explaining the methods and we keep practicing problems, we will be successful."
"The student was quite on-task today. We began by talking about words with "ow" that make a long O sound. Then we did some math -- her addition skills blow me away! The practice with her parents has really paid off -- she knows addition facts up through 20! We then started talking about calendars, building off of the days of the week and names of months we've been practicing. She caught on pretty quickly so this is something we will continue to work on. Finally, we finished the session by working in a new sticker book -- reading words beginning with A and B, finding the sticker representing those words, and placing the sticker in the appropriate space next to the word. She did a great job reading some tough words like "astronaut" and "airplane"."
"The student and I worked through his review packet and practiced the problems in it. We reviewed the process for finding critical values, asymptotes, minima and maxima, inflection points, and increasing/decreasing intervals."
"The student and I reviewed vocab, discussed his latest writing assignment, and worked through an Upper Level reading section. For next week's homework, I asked him to come up with a list of 10 books he would like to read over the summer."
"We did online problems for ch.8- random variables. Some of the questions dealt with the Normal distribution, using z-scores to calculate values or percentages, and some had the binomial distribution. We talked about the differences between these in general."
"The student's exam is at 2 pm today, so I met with him for a last cram session. After going over everything in more detail, he finally proclaimed "Oh...this is easy!". I knew he was envisioning it to be harder than it was. I gave him some pointers on trick questions the professor might try, so he would know the answers to them. We also worked more on arrays, then he wanted to self-study the material for the last 45 minutes before the exam."
"Having completed his homework, the student and I were able to work on some aspects of the math curriculum that were challenging for him. We worked on rates, ratios, and proportions. He did well with most of the concepts; however, he struggles a bit with cross multiplication. We will review these concepts the next time I see him. I also made some suggestions to help him prepare for his upcoming tests."
"Reviewed all verb tenses (e.g. present, present subjunctive, preterite, imperfect, all perfect tenses, imperfect subjunctive). Reviewed materials from textbook and did oral exercises to practice using different tenses in sample sentences."
"We went over the mathematics section that was assigned last time, with a focus on reinforcing active reading, checking, and word problem analysis. We will cover the reading and English section in the next session."
"We went over her essay on Othello for English. The student has a lot of good ideas already on the page. We worked on providing more analysis and finding support in the text for the argument she was making."
"We went over the student's homework, covering x-y Cartesian Plane coordinates. We also looked back at an in-class test. We will be meeting again after several weeks when she has rested from her exam this coming week."
"This was our first meeting since the student's test on cells/cell division. He did a lab on DNA extraction, so we went over the lab. We then started talking about the upcoming chapter, DNA Replication and Protein Synthesis. We did an overview of the chapter before getting to work on his homework assignment."