Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On this day, we reviewed two books. First, we worked together to answer questions about Fahrenheit 451. In particular, we covered which sections of the novel proved the dangers of knowledge and censorship. After this book, we went on to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Here, we went over the concepts of duality and primitivism as they relate to the work and the time period in which it was written."
"It was a pleasure working with the student. She is very focused on improving her scores. Her math foundation is actually strong; once a solution is presented, she catches on immediately. I think the best approach to preparing for the SAT for her is to focus on the test questions themselves, getting used to the approach taken by the authors of the test. This will help her create a library of strategies that are typically used for the math questions."
"Today we went over matter. This was in anticipation for upcoming topics, since she didn't have any new work, because of her test. We went over the phases, atoms, the periodic table, and some terminology. We had quite a few technical difficulties with the online portal, but we got through it."
"We specifically covered word problems and simple algebra. We concentrated on showing work. The student had an extremely positive attitude towards all material and methodologies. We employed the strategy of writing down every step of the problem to mitigate errors. I did not leave any extra practice for him. The scores on homework was "A"s. We will address the specifics in future sessions. His parents said he seemed quite focused and interested. This was a first session. I find this very encouraging."
"The student and I looked at some code he had written to implement the Caesar Cipher and Vigenere Cipher to a message input by the user. He feels comfortable with the concepts behind the ciphers and is able to utilize pointers, for loops, and if/else statements without much trouble. Between now and our next lesson, he should refresh himself on why we wanted to use a counter variable and why we took it modulo our key length when encrypting a character."
"We covered frequency charts, relative frequency charts, and cumulative frequency charts. Also, we covered histograms for frequency and relative frequency. We covered stem plots and skew. We started covering the TI-84 statistics functions like descriptive statistics (mean, population standard deviation, and sample standard deviation), Z test, and linear regression, etc. As usual, the student had a great attitude."