Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this evening's session we primarily focused on science and reading. We reviewed through the student's new science chapter "motion and speed." Through this section we covered readings on motion, speed, and maps. The student and I both took turns reading the chapter. The student showed great reading skills and great reading comprehension skills. Similar to last time we used the strategy of me reading a passage first, and then the student followed up by reading the same passage. After each paragraph we stopped and spoke about the concepts the book was provided and all the new information that the student had to take in. We used simple examples of all the concepts describing position change, distance, speed, fast objects covering long distances in short periods of time, directional change, start and stop, and map directions. The student did a great job with all of this. The toughest section we faced was speed. As I saw that the student required additional time on this section, I wrote up key points for the section and reviewed these with him. I gave this paper for him to hold on to. Regarding maps, we specifically went over the compass of north, south , east, and west. The student expressed some issues distinguishing west from east, so I used the strategy of "we" as in "we are together" on the left is west and on the right is east. The student immediately picked up on this. I also included this strategy on his take home review page. The student had a great session and was wonderful to work with. The student stated that last week's spelling quick went well as did his science test. We plan to meet again tomorrow."
"We went through conservation of energy homework problems. He is doing very well. He has an exam next week, which we will do a review on Thursday for."
"We learned about matter, elements, compounds, and mixtures. We discussed states and phase changes, as well as energy. I assigned the student additional review, to be completed before her exam attempt."
"Today, we discussed some additional topics in momentum and impulse. We specifically discussed the integral relationship for F vs. t to determine the net impulse imparted on an object. We also discussed graphing simple linear problems and using the graph of force vs. time to determine the integral (area under curve). We discussed another scenario for a glancing collision (both items' center of mass are not on the same plane as motion) that results in using the component vectors of momentum to solve the problem. Lastly, we completed some problems that relate to the motion of the center of mass of a system and also related these to the vector quantities for velocity."
"Today, we discussed the characteristics of chemical versus physical changes. We discussed pure compounds and mixtures, giving examples of each. We also did a few example problems in a review packet from the student's class."
"Today, we focused heavily on reviewing stoichiometry for a chemistry test the student has tomorrow. It has been a while since we met, so things were rusty at first. With effort, she succeeded in the majority of the tasks. She has all of the skills down for the multistep problems her teacher will likely test her on, so we were simply focusing on the process and really getting that nailed down."