Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has now made a program that creates a "totem pole" of faces by randomly combining different sets of hair, eyebrows, eyes, noses, and mouths to create a unique face. He had a blast making it and now understands how arrays work and how to specially format a string that has escape characters in it."
"We are continuing with his memory heap project. We had to answer the next series of steps. In the previous classes, we answered 1 through 6, so this one we're working on 7 through 15. We spent most of our time answering step 7. The way memory was being used and released was very unique at this step. It caused us to rethink certain sections we've completed. Once we answered step 7, we found we automatically pass 7 through 12. This was a delight, as I had him constantly thinking forward as he coded. We wanted to anticipate logical flow early on. It finally paid off at this step. His project isn't due yet, so he is going to continue working on the remaining 3 steps on his own. He will contact me again when he is down to check on his progress and make sure he understand the concepts."
"We covered basics such as setting up a GUI, where to select certain elements, and how to name them to be used in the coding of the functionality. We also covered basic coding and how to make elements interactive and functional. There wasn't any practice to be done, but I did tell the student to review old class notes and examples, as well as review their own code and make necessary corrections so that when we meet the next session we can move forward with the project."
"We started to go over assignment 4 today. We looked at replacing two classes with comparator instances. Looking at the instructor's code to understand his properties. I'll look over it more and figure out some things before the next session."
"We used this session to review for a test that the student has tomorrow. We went over a recent quiz she took and answered any questions which she got wrong. I made up practice problems for her to work on general coding and use in the Java math class."
"We worked on project one for the LinkList class, Node class, and testing class has the main function. The student is gradually getting the concept as I guide him through the thinking process. We developed the menu function in the testing class, to start running and debugging the program, and finally made a working version using 4 out of the 7 methods. It was a productive session, and we achieved a lot."