Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over set notation and the meaning of the union/intersection symbols and the null set. We reviewed definitions of real vs. rational vs. irrational vs. whole vs. natural numbers. We went over cell regulation and homeostasis."
"First hour was spent with the student- I spoke to him about doing the SAT book, but he said he couldn't start it this week. We did a 25 minute math section in which he rushed quite a bit and got 11 out of 18 correct. Things I think he needs to review - functions, similar shapes and proportions."
"The student started out with a quick vocab test. I introduced a format for her to conduct analysis of her own errors on practice tests. She will be looking at the errors that she made and tracking any patterns that pop up in the errors and finding any "take-aways" from the errors. We also looked at inferences and created an inference frame of : i think that (inference) because (evidence from text). This went well. We also practiced Algebra I skills that are present on the PSAT. Next week we will hit sentence completion and geometry."
"Client was in need of help for her Introductory Chemistry class. During the first session, we went over the syllabus, discussed a study plan, as well as what she could do improve her performance in the class. This session was mainly devoted to topics covered in her first exam which includes chemistry measurements, significant figures, and further understanding of basic concepts such as the mole, the proton, mass percentage and the like. We went over homework problems for Chapters 1, 2, and 3 to help her gain better insight into the subject. We intend to go over Exam 2 during the next session which will cover Chapters 4 and 5."
"Discussed strategies and test taking tips for the admissions exam. Assisted her in working through the English section. She is bright, mature and hardworking. Her language skills are excellent for her age. Gave her homework due for next session. Agreed with aunt and uncle that I would outline a plan for our subsequent sessions and it would address all test sections since she will have to take all sections, but it will focus heavily on English and reading. Did some short logic and reading exercises in order to gauge her mental approaches. At this point, main concern may be her pacing; she was a little slow (compared to what she needs to be to get through the test well) in reasoning through to the answer. However, she was often correct. We will work with her on timing."
"The student and I met from 10:30-12:05. We worked on the concept of using summations and limits of summations to approximate area under a curve. We used the standard equations provided and worked to fit the problems to those standard forms. In addition to learning to find the answer using the limit, we also learned about integration techniques that are likely going to help him in the future."
"Worked through a homework sheet together about things one would find and say in a local market. Learned new food vocabulary, wrote down the words in Spanish in one column and English in the other. Walked around the kitchen and quizzed her on the new words by saying a word in Spanish and having her point it out in the fridge or pantry."
"Today during the session we covered Physical Science. We first went over chemical formulas and identifying what the subscripts mean behind each element. We also went over balancing chemical equations."
"We briefly reviewed permutations and combinations again, this time using another textbook. After that, we practiced exponential growth compounded daily, monthly, quarterly, and annually in addition to practicing exponential decay."
"We reviewed the endocrine and nervous system focusing on action potentials and neurotransmitter release at the synapse. We also went over some useful concepts in the context of these systems and others, such as positive vs. negative feedback loops and diffusion across concentration gradients."
"The student has shown marked improvement in complex multiplication and division. Today we reviewed reading graphs and interpreting data. We also did an experiment involving electromagnetism where we created a small electromagnet and watched the reaction of iron fillings. I then showed her how to make a simple motor and we discussed how it worked and why both magnets and an electromagnet were needed. She seemed to really enjoy it and was eager to explain how it worked to others."
"The student and I read more of Macbeth and discussed Shakespearean language, themes and motifs, and moral issues in the play. He's getting much better at parsing the difficult language, and keeping track of the story."