Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with Geometry homework, the first 4 pages of the student's study guide. He still had his biology homework, DRP, and geometry notecards left to do."
"In my session with the student today we went through his edited version of the Hemingway paper, and made a list of all the major things that we changed in the original in order to write his "revision" paper. Referring to the outline that was provided by the teacher, he wrote a rough draft of his revision essay, discussing how each section of his original had changed; the introduction, the body paragraphs, the grammar/word choice, etc."
"The student has a test on chapters 9 and 10 on Friday so I answered questions for her on these topics. We talked about the different confidence interval equations and when to review each. We worked problems from her homework on problems related to proportions. We also went back to chapter 9 and did some review."
"The student had another new unit to begin, this one over three-dimensional geometry, with an emphasis on parallel and intersecting planes. We reexamined the theorems he had already gone over in class and did some practice utilizing those concepts in proofs and other exercises. He had no trouble with that material, so we had time also to look over the upcoming portion of the unit and practice it as well."
"The student and I went over trigonometric functions. They include the concept of degrees, radians, minutes/seconds and the conversion between them (pi/180 degrees). We also went over the six different functions and their relationship among them (sine, cosine, tangent, cosecant, secant, and cotangent). I emphasized periodicity, where sine/cosine functions repeat every 2 pi, while tangent and cotangent repeat every one pi. Additionally, she spent additional time going over "unit circle" and the applications of the trig functions using those specified rules."
"Today we completed a practice run of the Verbal Reasoning part of the test, and we went over any incorrect answers. We discussed what the student needs to study according to his practice test results."
"The student and I reviewed the HSPT practice test he had completed for homework, clearly identifying that vocabulary and reading comprehension questions of a specific style were his visible weaknesses. With that in mind, we spent the remainder of the session working on comparable material from the practice ISEE tests in his book and adding vocabulary flashcards to his collection. He will complete these tests for homework in preparation for his next HSPT practice test next week."
"Today, the student and I began by doing algebra. He completed today's assignment, as well as the next assignment. They both cover similar material (graphing quadratics, finding the vector/zeros/etc.). We were able to finish with time leftover, so we spent the last portion of time going over biology (he has an exam on Monday)."
"During the last session with the student, we worked on her biology coursework, specifically on chapter 16, looking into the underlying principles of ecosystems. She picked up the concepts very quickly and easily answered all the questions at the end of the chapter. We also worked on some new algebra problems involving inequalities."
"We finished reading the article regarding a different point of view on the corruption of China. We also read an article about the foreign exchange rate issue and discussed some vocabularies from these articles."
"The student and I worked on converting fractions. We also worked on her reading assignment and discussed how to use quotes in a reading response. We also discussed the issues of inequality and prejudice addressed by the reading. She is a very astute student and a pleasure to work with!"
"We covered using estimation to solve equations, and since the student is good at rounding, he got 100 on this quiz. We went ahead to solving word problems using one variable stated in terms of another, like x and 50-x."