Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student brought a geometry book home from school and we discussed functions. Additionally, we discussed planning the rest of the semester and summer, keeping in mind his goal of returning to his old high school in the fall."
"Today the student and I worked on an essay for her ethics class, which involved analyzing a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. We worked on writing an outline and then I helped her write the first draft of her essay, which had to discuss MLK's argument and then develop an original argument that addressed MLK's position. "
"The student and I went over some math problems on the SAT. She seems to struggle a little with the concept of fractions, so we spent some time going over fractions. Then we did a short reading passage and answered some questions. Finally, we spent the last 35 minutes of the session going over the student's math homework."
"We discussed how to perform significance tests of means on a normal distribution. We related the topic to previous lessons on significance tests on proportions. We focused on writing down null and alternative hypotheses and sketching distributions to correctly answer by trick questions. We also practiced using z-tables and t-tables."
"We worked on having the student write an essay on "What are your favorite subjects and why?". I explained to him the process of utilizing the writing prompt, and providing examples as a part of his essay. Finally, I showed him how to conclude his essay. He did a good job with understanding the process, so I had him write another essay on his experience with Robotics. He had participated in the Robotics Club at school and I asked him to write me an essay on his experience using the examples we had discussed."
"The student did a great job with preliminary coding before our session. In fact, the program was complete, except for a strange error. His program was supposed to convert Cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates. To do this, you use arctan to find the theta angle. However, atan() wasn't giving the correct results. After some research, we found that atan() is only intended to work in the first quadrant. If you want arctan for any quadrant, you have to use atan2(). After fixing the program, we went over some of the concepts in the book that weren't clear to him, and took a look at the upcoming chapter."