Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Math is where the student feels she struggles the most, so to start we will focus on that and identifying the most difficult concepts. As we progress, we will expand our sessions to include preparing for the writing and verbal sections as well."
"To prepare for his Pre-Calculus final, the student and I looked through his old tests to review the problems types which his teacher said would be on the exam. Our greatest struggle came with finding reference angles for trigonometric functions in use outside the first quadrant; after a great deal of practice and explanation, though, the student began to understand the process. The rest of his review went smoothly; he remembered almost everything else we had done together this semester, and most of his mistakes outside of reference-angle problems were minor ones having to do with notation or form. I am confident that he is ready for his exam."
"The student and I started the session with words ending in "x". It took her a little while to get the pronunciation of the "x" sound down, but she can easily identify it within words. Then we worked on a sheet that involved choosing the correct word that names a picture out of a list of rhyming words. She was able to identify almost all of them on the first try, and then she was able to read the other words too. We finished our session with writing numbers up to 30 -- she's really making progress with her number writing as well."
"Did homework for chapters 10 and 11 in the Physics text dealing with the ideal gas law, relationship between pressure, volume, and temperature, as well as specific heat capacity and enthalpy of phase changes."
"We went over a few troubles that she had in her homework on infinite limits, and we discussed again how limits should be more thought of what the function is approaching not necessarily where it exists, which is a hard concept for many students to grasp at first. However, except for one or two problems she is doing exceptionally well with her homework. We covered more of the derivative chapter, which is what the teacher will most likely spend the majority of her time on this semester, specifically the product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule. I think there may be a little bit of confusion as to when to use the chain rule, but I think that will clear up with the homework that I have assigned her for the next session. Overall, she is grasping the main concepts well and has no problem with asking questions when she has not understood it fully. She is a great pleasure to teach."
"The student and I reviewed the final exam review she had received. We focused on limits and continuity, because these were the problems that she was having some difficulty with. We reviewed L'hospital's Rule and how to evaluate two-sided and one-sided limits. After working several problems, she seemed to have a firm understanding of the concepts."
"The student and I covered probability and discussed ways to approach problems. We were able to interpret the data given and solve the problem using strategical procedures to obtain the solution. He was a bit hesitant with the material at first, but then he became more comfortable with thinking about how to solve each of the problems."
"After reviewing the practice test that the student took at home, we went over any reading problems she got wrong and found that most of the questions missed were inference questions. We went over inference and answered questions from various passages to give her more practice on these types of questions. It seems it was a matter of understanding the passage and also of self-doubt. I watched her select correct answers and after considering her choice, she would choose different ones instead. I gave her pointers on the reading portion followed by a review of the math problems she missed as well. I asked her to go over the vocabulary on her own and complete another practice test. After our session, she expressed confidence in her ability to take the SSAT."
"Helped the student prepare for her upcoming physics quiz by reviewing the universal law of gravitation. We covered all possible permutations of that single formula, as well as conceptual questions relating to it. I also introduced the concept of circular motion to her and helped her get familiar with centripetal acceleration, an objects' velocity in a circular path, and the corresponding frequency. She is very comfortable with the formulas!"
"For this session, the student wanted to review some questions on four geometry chapters ahead of her exam tomorrow. Accordingly, we went through a set of problems in her book that was either not part of previous assignments or included homework questions she had had difficulty with. She appears to be able to confidently work through the problems and should do well on her exam tomorrow."
"We started a new chapter on proportionality and similar triangles. She has trouble recognizing which ratios to use and how to set up proportions. She did, however, improve her understanding greatly throughout the session. She passed a test for the first time this year, and is doing much better than when we first started."
"Student 1: reading non-fiction texts including: questioning, reviewing, summarizing, chunking, using the table of contents, vocabulary. Student 2: predicting, chunking, phonics (long a, long i, consonant blends), vocabulary."