Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I showed the student the math software and she played some of the games. Once she gets used to how the games work it will be an excellent supplement to her learning. We worked on 4's today and with the program she had to work quicker than usual. This will help her improve her multiplication speed since she has to think faster and not rely on her hands as much."
"The student and I worked on finishing the Chapter 3 assignments that will be covered on Friday's quiz. There was one section that we did not have time to go through, related rates, so I went home to work on it. This took me almost four hours to write up the solutions so I have added one hour to our session today to cover this time spent. I have emailed my solutions to the student so that she can use them to prepare for her quiz. We will follow up next week before the final exam."
"Today we reviewed the student's verbal section homework, completed a timed math section, and discussed upcoming homework. The student and I reviewed the verbal section she completed for homework, then I had her complete a math section while being timed. We discussed which questions used the most of her time, and I reminded her to move on from questions she struggles with so as to be able to complete later questions that might be easier for her. I discussed the week's homework assignment with both her and her teacher. She was assigned a full timed essay, at least one timed essay outline (~10 minutes), one full verbal section, and continued study with her vocabulary flash cards. In the next session we will review the completed homework and complete a timed writing section, and I will assign her either another math or writing section for homework."
"The student and I went over exponential growth/decay. She seemed to have a much better grasp of the radioactive decay problems in comparison to the last time we met (just two days ago). In addition, I introduced to her the calculus definition of work and explained how the force exhibited on a spring varies with distance, as governed by Hooke's Law."
"Today we worked on Kinetics and understanding the definitions associated with Kinetics including Activation Energy and Rate laws. We did a reaction rates worksheet. The rest of the time was spent looking through the SAT Subject test book and finding out how they ask chemistry questions. She reported that she got a 2200 on her SAT."
"Today the student and I worked on some math problems, focusing on taking our time on easier questions so that we don't make mistakes. We then worked on some practice sentence improvements from the essay section, focusing on making passive verbs active and abstract nouns concrete. We finished with some reading comprehension and vocabulary work."
"We went over her PSAT math problems from the last fall. She really only didn't know how to do two or three of them. She missed other math problems because she misread the question or because of arithmetic errors. I think what I want to emphasize with her is checking her work and also having confidence in her ability to do well."
"The student and I went over a sample math section. She is doing considerably better on math now than a couple of weeks ago. We then spent the next hour doing reading passages, she is improving quite a bit on this section as well as she is comprehending more of the text. We then spent the last 20 minutes going over her vocabulary words."
"The student made flash cards from this week's book on the role of women in founding child labor and welfare organizations between the Progressive Era and the New Deal. I prompted him to explain the highlighted sentences, and I asked further questions for comprehension."
"Worked with student 1 reviewing dates and US colonies on a current US map for History chapter 3 test. Reviewed graphing and y=mx+b form for her make-up math test. Worked with student 2 on chapter review test for her math test. Went over square roots and squaring, calculating the area of irregular objects, and graphing in y=mx+b, when lines are parallel or perpendicular depending on the slope"
"This session went really well. I finished going over the student's homework assignment that was due last week and started the one that is due this week. He definitely showed progress and was able to understand concepts we reviewed last time. Topics we went over were Forces, Inclines, and Energy. He is getting better at drawing things out, which is helping in connecting the dots."
"The student and I worked on the essay section for most of our time. We went over a practice essay that he did and I told him to focus on answering all parts of the prompt and being as specific as possible in his answer. In particular, I encouraged him to include interesting details that will set his essay apart from all the others. We also worked on math, which went well."