Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had the student's final session for the year to prepare her for the cumulative final. She had another packet from class and I brought some more material as well. We practiced all aspects of Latin that might appear on the test like conjugating verbs, declining nouns, uses of ablative, and translation to and from Latin. I was encouraged by her ease of working with the material and think she'll do well."
"We went over critical reading as a final review before the test on October 6. I confirmed that the new time management strategy made a 20% improvement to the student's score."
"The student said that her test went well last week. She hasn't gotten it back though. Her new unit is on solutions and equilibrium. Together, we reviewed what she has learned in class and I introduced a few new concepts such as boiling point elevation and freezing point depression. We broke down and analyzed the equation for Gibb's Free Energy. -Together, we worked through all of her Chapter 11 textbook problems. The student is very good at converting between molarity, molality, mole fraction, and percent mass. She grasped a lot of the new concepts with ease."
"The student and I finished up the mathematics section that we had been previously working on and started the second practice test in her book. She is a little bit weaker in math, which may be problematic when she takes an Algebra class, but is fine for the level of math that is on this test. I am trying to cover algebraic principles like equation solving to help her out in the future. We got through verbal skills, reading comprehension, and half of the quantitative section."
"For about half the session we covered games (analytical reasoning) from square one. The student watched me walk through a couple of games explaining how to approach and diagram them, and then we worked through some games together. We spent most of our time on ordering and sorting games but the methodologies we covered apply to all games. For the rest of the session we covered short questions (logical reasoning). We spent considerable time on inference and strengthen/weaken questions. Finally, we covered conditional statements, the meaning, and how to map sufficient and necessary conditions, inverse, converse, and contrapositive symbolic manipulations of sentences."
"The student got a 92 on her midterm, which is awesome! She just had a quiz on ratios, which she felt very confident about. Since she hadn't learned anything new yet, and felt confident on the old material, we decided to look ahead at what she would be learning. We went through the section in her book on similar triangles. Even though she hadn't yet learned it in class, she caught on very quickly, and was proficient by the end of the session."
"Introduction to a section within Physics - Electromagnetism. Seems like an elementary, more science-related course than theoretical physics. However, after identifying the current topic and getting a feel for the underlying struggle, future sessions will have a planned/organized structure."
"Today we went over the student's chemistry lab, a bit of her algebra homework and a few SAT math questions. We learned to work with mole ratios and predicting chemical equations. Additionally, we also briefly covered exponential functions in algebra."
"The student and I worked through a 3 part review sheet for his upcoming final. The problems included optimization/related rates, applications of the first and second derivative in graphing, and derivatives of logarithmic/exponential functions."
"Worked with the student today on the cell cycle and its checkpoints along with important regulatory proteins like Rb, p53, and cyclins. We then went back to earlier material and went over the synapse, a1 receptors, the IP3 Ca++/Calmodulin pathway. The student appears to occasionally struggle with drawing longer complex pathways, but in general, understands them pretty well. Student left with her problem book, which we will continue to work through over the coming week."
"Began session with a quick review of what was covered previously, and had several short "conversations." My goal for the student is to have her do as much speaking as possible. We added additional date/time vocabulary, and learned numbers up to 30. I urged the student to spend time reviewing vocab on her own."
"Today we finished up covering the topic of exponential growth and decay while doing some practice problems. However, the problems took a little longer than expected because there were a lot of components involved for each problem. The session went well."