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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
We went over his last two practice exams in detail. We then used the last of our time together to go over strategy for the exam.
We did a lot of work today. I read chapters 20-23 to the student. I had him study for the vocab quiz tomorrow, and we made flashcards. He still needs to finish the sentence homework, but he'll do that before class tomorrow. Good work today!
I managed to get the book she is reading for class. I read a few passages and had her tell me what her class had been talking about together. Then, I gave her two writing prompts and asked her to write one response in the form of a tiny essay and the other in short answer form. When she had finished, we went over what was good, what needed fixing, and what could be improved upon. Monday we should have a common assessment of hers to look at in addition to moving forward in the book. She seems to already be putting into practice what we talked about last time, so I'm hopeful that once we can look at some graded assignments and see what's troubling her, she will begin a steady improvement!
Today we completed some reading/communications work. Also, we completed a math page that he was eager to do. Our session today was a good one!
We practiced "even if" and "even though" statements, and continued our practice with "could" and "would" sentences today. For tomorrow, she will be preparing the first chapter of her book to read to me, and taking notes to give me her ideas of the main character.
Discussed Weighted Average Cost of Capital, IRR, NPV and Annuity calculations. Also discussed theory and practical write up for the final exam. It was determined to propose "project B." Yet, if there's enough capacity to issue bonds to also do "project A" since it also has a positive NPV.
The student worked through an ACT math section. As the ACT approaches math differently (greater emphasis on time management), we took the test under timed conditions. He performed well during the first half. We will continue to work on time management and test taking strategies.
We were able to get all of our work done and do a bit of additional writing exercises afterwards. His homework was on addition of numbers greater than 10. We used a grouping system, that when the student focused, worked great! His biggest struggle is definitely his attention span but he is doing better.
The student made a great start during our first session. He has previously taken the PSAT and ACT, and is very familiar with many of the concepts we covered. My main focus for the future will be helping him get more practice with specific types of questions he finds challenging, especially the harder math problems and the advanced critical reading passages. Before the end of this session I had him outline a response to one of the more vague SAT essay questions. I feel that essay outlining and writing skills should be a main focus of at least one future session.
Continued working on absolute convergence. I showed him where to look to start making connections in his proofs. We then went over a practice problem for him to test his abilities. He has most of the theorems and tests memorized. He has a midterm in two weeks for which I told him to organize all of his homework.
We practiced some physics. He has a test coming up on Friday on electrostatics and gravitation. There are only three main equations and he is doing well in the homework so he had a good handle on it. The student had a geometry homework set regarding chords, arcs, and angles. He did have some trouble which we quickly solved. Often it was applying algebra to the problems. As such I will begin reviewing algebra with him.
The student informed me that she thinks her test went pretty well. She said she remembered to separate angle measurements from lengths in quadrilaterals so she wouldn't accidentally add/subtract them randomly. We will review the test together after she gets it back. We ended up talking about college and college applications. I explained to her what majors were and what sorts of schools she should consider. Since she is only a sophomore, I advised that she start thinking about the environment (urban/suburban/rural) she wants the school to be in and to start looking at college web pages to get an idea of what sort of school she wants. We also talked what majors are and just how many options the student will have in college.