Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is a joy to tutor because he is able to focus well for long periods of time and he is clear about what he wants to work on. We talked about the best way to study for bio and we got started on designing a study guide for him, which he'll need to continue working on at home. As long as he keeps up work on his study guide both at home and in our sessions, he should have no trouble with the exam. We spent the last half-hour working on math concepts--polynomials and exponential expressions. We cleared up his confusion about multiplying exponents vs. raising them to a separate power. "
"Tonight the student and I worked to put together a plan of action. We went over the layout of the test and some basic strategies and then basic arithmetic. Then did some practice questions that he did well on. He had some trouble with getting anxious from reading tricky questions, but when he slowed down to understand what was being asked he could answer them. He needs to make sure he writes all his work so he doesn't get confused and miss important parts of questions. For next week, he needs to finish practice test and study some vocabulary."
"We reviewed some concepts for the final. Worked on integration and derivative of natural log. The student was very quick to see the patterns, she just needs to memorize the properties of natural log and trig functions (i.e. derivative of e^x is e^x). Reviewed integration by parts, helped her identify "u" and "dv". "U" is usually a function of x."
"The student and I started studying for his final exam this week. We went over a broad range of topics, including basics like conversions, and more advanced subjects like empirical/molecular formula. He has a good grasp of the material already."
"Life Science: Discussed topics related to evolution, such as identifying similarities/differences among different species, organism classification (binomial nomenclature), and the three general domains of biological organisms (bacteria, archea, and eukarya)."
"The student worked on his math packet from school for the break. We worked on two-step equations and using a ruler (1/8, 1/4 1/2, 3/4 inches) to answer word problems. We also worked on the English test prep from a 6th grade test. He read a short poem and answered 5 multiple-choice questions about it. He had difficulty on one of the questions asking about literary devices, but this was not covered as much in his grade."
"The student and I began the session by going over her essay. We went over a few more example essays and discussed their structure. Afterward, we moved onto writing, reviewing some rules and getting some practice in. We had a quick math lesson on probability, and rounded out the session with two reading passages, fiction and non-fiction."
"We covered Inference, Necessary Assumption and Sufficient Assumption questions. The latter categories were quite challenging for the student as he had trouble discerning the answer that best support the conclusions in the passages. I instructed him to continue to do the problems in these categories as homework"
"The student and I decided to review the precalculus packet that was given to him by one of his professors. We went over several problems involving exponents, logarithms, and inverse functions. We plan on completing the review sometime next week, in preparation for his upcoming placement test."
"We went into electricity and magnetism. Most of the discussion was conceptual but we did go into the calculus behind it. It is very different to integrate an equation with no numbers. The student completed her midterm and reported that she did very well. We went over some questions and I gave her six more for next time. We are moving away from more formulaic problems into more abstract ideas."
"The student needed to study for his final coming up, so we decided to do practice problems for the final, covering the basics of production theory and perfect competition. I gave him some study techniques and showed him a few techniques with handling Cobb-Douglas production functions."
"Today we studied for an upcoming English test on sentence diagramming. We first went over identifying the subject, verb, direct object, preposition, object of the preposition, and article. Then we went over indirect objects, and words that can be used in context as either nouns or verbs or either nouns or adjectives."