Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session was only with Student 1. We reviewed all the concepts she's learned so far for her exam on Monday by doing a review sheet from school. Then we did practice problems for 2 step equations and Direct Variation problems. It is recommended that they both attempt their homework before each session, even if it's just a few problems, b/c that will give them room to use the session to completely understand each concept and move forward in their class/make an A for the semester."
"We covered a short essay assignment for one of the student's classes. His instructor asked him to write a synopsis and an opinion on an article. He selected a movie review. We worked through proper grammar and sentence structure in completing the essay and focused on subject-verb agreement, parallelism, and forming complete sentences."
"Good session with the student. Discussed circles for geometry and how to use "shape arithmetic" to get the areas of complex compositions of figures. For algebra, we looked at some min/max linear equations and relationships. Looked at some SAT practice questions once we were done with homework sets."
"Today we started by talking about her goals for writing. We discovered she wants a lot of freedom and creativity with her writing, and she's looking to explore before restricting herself. I taught her about creative fiction archetypes and we discusses how to identify a compelling story. We worked on a character she's had in the works named Belinda, and talked about situating this character in a place and time that feels real and believable. Then I shared some of my fiction story with her and explained the parts that were the easiest for me. Finally, I gave her an assignment to quickly pick a topic and write a persuasive argument, with very little time to think or hash out the details, and she did wonderfully. She's really improved in just the short amount of time we've had together."
"We reviewed the student's compare and contrast homework, journal responses and determined that she is becoming more organized in her writing. From now on she will conduct a brief pre-write before each journal response and then edit for conciseness and redundancy. She did exercises 4 & 5, verbal phrase fragments and paragraph revisions, which she understood better once we discussed them. She did exercise 56, "Writing a paragraph using reasons." using a pre-write, elimination, writing a topic sentence and she will complete for HW. In addition, she will do one article of her choice."
"The student has some testing coming up and let me know the schedule. She has a poetry research project on Thursday. Today we finished some math problems, worked on social studies (world religions), and practiced for her Middle East map test. I taught her what a mnemonic is and we practiced that."
"The student and I worked on vocabulary, past and present tense, sentence structure and reading comprehension. He wrote a story using past tense, circled the nouns and verbs. We worked on looking up verbs in the dictionary to learn the verb forms appropriate for sentence structure. I read three chapters of a book (of his choice), and I created 'reading comprehension' questions. He did very well on this. I am also teaching him how to enunciate when he reads. His homework assignment is to create a new story using present tense verbs, and we will review on Wednesday."
"The student and I went through the process of outlining her most recent writing assignment. Using that outline, we went through her draft to better organize the essay and improve transitions. Her writing is filled with great ideas and key facts but tends to stray from the assignment. That was what we focused on and will continue to focus on in our next session."
"The student and I had a good session today. We read "The Gecko that Went to School" and talked about how accents cause people to pronounce words in different ways. We then read "Bread Bread Bread" and "Tattle Tongue.""
"Today we worked on simplifying radical problems using the product and quotient properties of radicals. Most were straightforward enough that one example made the process clear for the student. The combining of two radicands with different indices proved a little more difficult. We worked through the example problem step-by-step on paper so that he could see it through and review the whole process on his own."
"We read the "Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. We alternated reading pages of the story aloud. We would stop periodically and discuss what was going on in the story. The themes of man vs. man and man vs. nature were discussed. We also analyzed how the fisherman felt towards the marlin he was trying to kill. His commentary alternated between respect/appreciation to the pursuit of his goal and killing the marlin."
"I reviewed the concepts learned yesterday with the student. Student is very enthusiastic and willing to learn new ideas on how to improve his counting. We practiced a new song about elephants and numbers and we read a book about "My World". The student was provided with new vocabulary to learn at home and the two songs to practice until Friday."