Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I met with the student and we discussed limits, continuity, and differentiation. She and I looked over her old quizzes and went through the problems that she missed. We also went over the product and quotient rules. Lastly, she worked through her homework problems on the product and quotient rules. By the end of the session, she seemed to have a pretty good handle on how to use the rules we discussed."
"The student and I began the session by discussing her quiz from this past week. She let me know that she will be retaking her first Biology test (chapters 1-3), so we reviewed her class notes and focused on topics that she had questions about. We also did an in-depth review through her book and fully discussed any topics that she was concerned about. We also discussed study skills and some ways for her to become more organized in her study approach and techniques to help her better understand the material (making charts/graphs, time-lines, any visuals that can help organize)."
"Mandarin - Helped the student identify pronunciation differences between Mandarin and English. We also listened to audio-files posted by his teacher and looked over the rubric from one of his speaking presentations. We will use these to help improve his listening and speaking performance for future assignments."
"Today the student and I covered both topics of Algebra 2 and Chemistry. His worksheet on Algebra 2 covered the understanding of ellipses and how to write an equation based on the vertex, covertex, center, and foci. In Chemistry we reviewed heat transfer again. Overall Brian had a lot of understanding for these topics and will do well when tested on them."
"The student and I reviewed her chapter on plant life cycles. We wrote out the words for all of the flash cards she needs to make and her plan was to finish the flash cards after I left that day. We discussed her goal of having a B in science and what she needs to do to obtain that. Her current grade is in the high 70's, so she needs to get in the high 80's or 90's on the rest of her assignments and tests."
"The student and I discussed essay writing for the GRE. I gave her some ideas for research to help prepare her for easier brainstorming on the issue task assignment. I also gave her detailed critiques of the essays she has written so far. She does well at idea development, but her challenge will be keeping the time limit. Additionally, she struggles with parallelism, agreement, and the use of dependent clauses. With careful practice, she should be able to improve, as she demonstrates solid understanding of her mistakes thus far. She recognizes the need she has to focus on the essay writing."
"Today we went over graphs again and I taught him how to utilize the y intercept and slope, so he can recognize lines or draw them, using the linear equation alone. We then went into geometry. We did conversions, different types of triangles, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Homework has been sent so he can practice."
"The student and I began by going over his goals for the test (admission into the university and certain scholarships) and describing its layout. We went through a sample question from each section and then went into the verbal skills section in depth. We talked through what questions would look like for synonyms, antonyms, analogies and verbal logic, and strategies for how to succeed on each part. We also started a list of new vocabulary words for him to work on. We are going to meet next on December 2nd -- he'll have taken a practice test from the back of the book in the mean time, added to his word list, and continue to read magazines and books. "
"Reviewed most of the SAT with the student to figure out where her strengths and weaknesses are. She's a very strong student. We worked primarily on verbal skills with her today, so we'll focus a bit more on the math sections to start next session."
"Went over homework problems and quiz problems she was confused about. Mainly focused on thermodynamics, this time with a focus on entropy changes during chemical reactions. dSsys + dSsurr = dSuniv. Related standard entropy to equilibrium constant."
"We did no coding today but instead walked through some code. In particular she was studying sorting and searching algorithms. We discussed the naive approach, a more efficient diagonal approach, and finally a divide and conquer approach. For the search we did the basic linear search and then binary search. We talked about why certain approaches were better than others and briefly talked about calculating computational efficiency."
"The student had some questions regarding inverses of functions and world problems related to exponential growth/decay. We first went over the word problems, by identifying a strategy to approach them, and also how to tell which formula to use to solve certain problems. The student did not seem to have any problems doing so by herself after a brief lesson. She had no problems with the arithmetic, either. We also talked about inverses of functions, and how to find them. She also grasped this quickly. I am confident that she will score extremely high on her next test."