Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The students worked on precalculus homework. The homework focused on how exponents behave and the different ways to work with exponents. While both students struggled some with the basic exponent rules at the beginning of the session, by the end they seemed to have a better understanding of it. They were able to complete most of the homework."
"Today we went over some definitions that the student was struggling with including the difference in Converse, Conditional, and Biconditional Statements. We briefly reviewed a problem that she had difficulties with on her first test, and she explained what she did wrong and how she should have done it. She has already completed unit one in her course and feels very comfortable with that information. I looked over the review sheet from unit one, and she understands those concepts better now from reviewing test 1. The terms we covered today were from unit two and she feels good with those terms now, and we look forward to going over her first assignments from unit two so that we can see where she might need practice."
"In this session, we largely took a break from any actual programming and talked a bit about the internal mechanisms in a computer, particularly when it comes to memory. This included a discussion of binary numbers, the units of memory (bits, bytes, etc.), and how many of the different file types and variable types that we are used to can be thought of as bit sequences. For example, we talked about representing characters using bits using ASCI. We also talked about representing colors using bytes for each RGB channel. The student seemed to pick up the material pretty well and found it to be illuminating."
"It was wonderful to see the student again! She had started her required reading from her school--The Great Gatsby (which she finished and loved) and The Crucible. We decided to focus on the visualizing aspects that make better reading comprehension. Using The Great Gatsby, we made diagrams of West Egg with descriptors of each character. Then, we started to do chapter by chapter summaries as practice for when she dives into her next reading (I suggest she do this every time she finishes a chapter/scene from her reading to help with retention). Then, we looked at The Crucible (she read Act I) and used major themes from the play for discussion."
"The student and I covered two data sufficiency questions from his practice. We then turned back to rates questions, rounding out the work strategies. I assigned him a custom set of rates questions. I also assigned him SC 1, 2, and 3, and CR 5 and 6. We spent the rest of the session doing an introduction to advanced arithmetic and number theory. Next session, we will pick up with this set at problem-solving question 111."
"We covered American Isolationism, Imperialism, and Interventionism. The student struggled a little bit explaining isolation and intervention in context. He also struggled a bit to write and not copy from the reading. He worked positively. I made sure to ask him questions about the meaning of events to get him thinking on the right track. I broke down situations when he was confused by which of the three applied. He is going to work on the next two sections and take the quizzes as well as read for tomorrow. He got 91% on his last test. It was a pretty good session. The end result was very good."