Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week we covered basic input/output functions in math. The student had no trouble with this concept and was even able to talk me through the process of how to solve these problems with no difficulty. She seemed very confident in the concept and stressed that she was more concerned with biology this week as she was wanted to go over how the material came together to make the body function. From here, we moved on to covering the respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems and their interactions. She still seems very strong in the parts of the circulatory and their functions. We then covered the respiratory system. She knows the entry way/ exit of air very well. I had her to think of the lungs as a tree and then had her to stretch out tall as though she were a tree and think of each part of her body as part of the lungs. It was here that we linked the flow of oxygen poor blood from the heart back to the lungs and oxygen retrieval from the alveoli and subsequent return to the heart as oxygen rich blood. She was also able to easily recite the parts of the brain and of the neuron. She knew the flow of electrical impulses along a neuron from dendrite to axon terminal. She was also clear on the structure of the brain. When she wanted clarification on the difference between the cerebrum and cerebellum, I told her to think of the Disney princess Belle and how graceful and coordinated she was. This will help her remember that the cere-BELLE-um tells us where we are in relation to our surroundings and keeps us coordinated."
"We went over all literary terms verbally. We then practiced by giving examples and identifying different terms within writing. The student appeared to have no trouble with the material."
"Today we worked on the student's homework. He is working on converting fractions to decimals. The worksheet was about repeating decimals. He did well overall. We then also started his social studies homework. We completed the worksheet and started his review outline of this textbook."
"Today, the student and I prepared for her upcoming math and literature tests. For math, we completed another review packet, did additional practice problems, and reviewed class handouts. For literature, we created a study guide containing the terms she needs to know, as well as examples for some."
"The student and I met online and covered both Math and Latin topics. We began by reviewing a lengthy math packet he had been assigned in preparation for her final in that course. As we worked on solving algebraic equations, I was absolutely thrilled to learn that she received a 91.55 on her Social Studies test - a fantastic result and one she worked very hard towards! Additionally, we completed inequality problems and discussed how to graph these on a number line. She was visibly more comfortable with both of these math concepts by the end of our session together. Having completed the math packet, we moved on to reviewing for her Latin mythology test which comprised of knowing both the Greek and Roman names, domains and symbols of the 14 most important gods. I instructed her as to how to make notecards for these Gods and Goddesses but also decided to give her a once run through so she could see how much she knew or didn't know. I was happy to see that she had retained quite a bit and am confident this could be another high mark for her. It also gave me the opportunity to share images such as Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" (to get her to remember that Aphrodite's symbol is the seashell) as well as statue's of Athena with her helmet, spear and owl "bubo". It was great to see her not only learning the material, but connecting with it and I think this will aid in her retention of the material (as well as just make it more fun!)"
"Today we discussed statistics and graphic representation. We went over probabilities, mean, mode, median, and graphing topics, such as line, box and whisker, stem leaf plot, etc."