Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began our session developing a background about where he needs help and why. Specifically, he has issues with algebra and some with English; however, a lot of his difficulties stem from disorganization. He is very bright, and really just needs to boost his homework habits. We discussed possible solutions. I recommended keeping a binder and separating each subject, including keeping a calendar for each subject to keep track of due dates and progress. We also discussed having a calculator separate from his phone to avoid distractions. I communicated with his mother, and she is going to reach out to the teachers and counselor to obtain a concrete list of what is expected from him and how his work is evaluated. It was a great session, and I feel he will be very successful if we just make some minor tweaks to how he organizes and approaches his work."
"We reviewed concepts in geometry, algebra, and trig. We practiced writing linear equations (y=mx +b), word problems, probability (what we want/all options), fractions (always find a common denominator!), percentages, and exponents. For our next session, the student is to do 1-60 of the practice test and time himself."
"Today, we covered a practice test that the student had taken. We covered problems that she felt that she did not know how to approach. Specifically, we covered sequences, line formula, and systems of equations. Tomorrow, we will finish covering the practice test and continue to go over essential principles of mathematics."
"We began by generating ideas for numerous issue essays. The importance of citing specific people or events in order to make the essay more evocative was emphasized. We also did a range of data analysis problems, which weren't much of an obstacle for the student."
"We completed a review of Chapters 10, 11, and 12 in the GRE prep book. For homework, the student will complete the Real World Math Drill, read Chapter 13: Geometry, and complete the Geometry Drill. He has printed out his word lists and is studying vocabulary each day."
"We started with geometry, dipping into circles and reviewing several chord laws. These laws are fairly obscure, so it was not at all surprising the student had little memory of them. Practice is important to get through those questions quickly. Next, we looked at some set theory and inequality problems for the bulk of the rest of the session, looking at set notation, the difference between union and intersection, and how to go about some complicated algebra to solve these problems. I think it went well. Now that he's been exposed to these sorts of problems, we'll have to work on smoothness and speed."