Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our session was primarily concerned with the student and I reviewing a mini-lab, which involved analyzing a ping-pong ball fired out of a muzzle with a speed and how to answer the questions related to speed, position, and acceleration. Some communication problems did occur with explaining how predicted velocity can be compared to actual velocity and what the graphs say about those quantities say due to with how the assignment worded the section on that comparison. We will have to define what the mini-labs are saying and what they're asking for in future sessions."
"The student was having technical difficulties in the beginning, so we finally began our session half an hour late, but we got through the questions that he had about taking derivatives and second derivative using the chain and product rules."
"Today we discussed centripetal motion and reviewed for her exam tomorrow. We also did a review on kinematics because we were unsure if it would show up on the exam or not. Overall, she seems pretty well prepared."
"Today we worked on some in-class problems he had trouble with, but he was very quick to understand topics; once I explained the methods of solving them he had no problem. We looked into future subjects, and I gave him some more advanced explanations of functions and inverses."
"Today, the student and I worked on vector addition and subtraction, and kinematics understandings. She had a surprised attitude towards material, as it had not been covered in class prior. Included study skills were focusing on the awareness of objective completion, and metacognitive monitoring of problem-solving steps. Extra practice was provided in the form of a study exam."
"We worked through problems in the test review and in the chapters which will be covered on the text. Concepts included molecular vs. empirical formulas, the mole concept, balancing equations, and unit conversion factors. Generally reducing a chemistry problem to an algebra problem or a formula was the challenge, and she improved significantly in this during the days leading up to the test. To get an A, a person usually has to do about 3 times as many problems as there are on the test review, and she and I talked about that."
"With Student A, I worked on graphing linear equations, after we solved for Y. This was done by putting the formulas into y=mx+b form, and then using the y-intercept and slope to graph the equation. I worked on biology with Student B, because she has a test tomorrow on types of transport, and the cell membrane. I helped her understand what phospholipid is and to understand which parts are hydrophilic vs hydrophobic. She seemed well prepared for her test tomorrow."
"In today's lesson, we covered vocabulary and pronunciation. We started by checking homework on telephone phrases. We then did a role play to practice the telephone phrases we studied. Next, we checked pronunciation homework and worked on three and four syllable words and determined stressed syllables. We finished the lesson by discussing phrasal verbs and verb and prepositional collocations."
"The student and I focused on building the components of a paragraph. We reviewed hooks, topic and thesis sentences, and thesis statements. We also practiced comma location again. Our goal for the next session is to practice grammar. He did very well and grasped the concepts quickly."
"Today the student and I reviewed geometry involving area and volume of shapes. We also did a quick review of unit conversion problems and percent problems. For tomorrow, I asked her to do a few practice problems or a practice test that we can review together. We will also continue our geometry practice, and I may ask her to do a few problems for homework this weekend."
"We went over long multiplication. She seemed to grasp dealing with 2 by 2 (digits), but needed help dealing with 3 digits and beyond. We did some reviewing on the topic, and I gave her some helpful visuals so she could avoid common mistakes. We spent the rest of the session performing activities to help her master all types of multiplication."
"We went through a science and reading diagnostic test. On reading, I think she would really benefit from explaining the passages in her own words, summarizing each paragraph right after reading it, and trying to build a synthesis from repeated ideas and concepts that come up in every paragraph. Vocabulary is getting better, but by working on suffixes and other root-words and Latin stems, she should be able to make more educated guesses about what words mean."