Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did some acid and base problems for chemistry. Acids and bases can be tricky, but the student is doing well picking them up. We also worked on some sine curve problems for algebra which the student is also getting the hang of."
"Today was our last session. We reviewed about 20 math problems from the math achievement section. I had her practice a lot of basic strategies today such as multiplying and dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers. Also, she did extensive practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. She is getting better at converting the denominator. Today I timed her on the reading comprehension portion. I wanted to make sure she could do a passage in about 5 minutes and I wanted her to get used to pacing herself. She did well. She is well prepared and will do fantastic!"
"Precalculus: Worked on the web assignment: graphing rational functions (asymptotes, intercepts, maxima/minima), graphing/transformations of exponential functions. Reviewed for the quiz: graphing/transformations of exponential and logarithmic functions, logarithmic and natural log rules/relationships ."
"Today, we covered basic literary devices (imagery, metaphor, rhyme scheme, etc.) and poetry. Student 1 and Student 2 read Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens. They had to identify the rhyme scheme, and the way different literary devices were used in each poem. Student 3 read from a book of summer poems, and we focused mostly on imagery and rhyme. I had a chance to see their homework from last week, and will use Friday's session to go over their stories, and look at basic story writing principles of plot and structure. I left all of them with the assignment of writing 5 poems, focusing on the different aspects of imagery (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell)."
"Today, the student and I reviewed her Energetics unit. I have begun to notice a pattern, where material is difficult for her to digest because of the way it is explained to her (in disparate pieces rather than as a full picture). For that reason, she and I spent our session reviewing two subsections of Energetics, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and what these process require, from start to finish. We went through how these processes work (and complement) one another, the molecules that are used, and the chemical reactions that occur. We then reviewed her homework assignment to solidify the lesson. She was more readily able to grasp the material once we went through these processes in their entirety. We will review photosynthesis and cellular respiration again in our next session, to make sure she clearly understands it, and then finish by reviewing two other Energetics subsections (Chemosynthesis and Enzymes)."
"This week, I worked with Student A to review his new vocabulary, working on derivatives for some of the words. Then, I quizzed him on the vocabulary from English to Latin to practice for his quiz. I worked with Student B on his workbook exercises for the current lesson, covering the fourth declension. With Student C, I also reviewed vocabulary and grammar, helping her memorize the new words from the third declension."