Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over homework and reviewed areas where student was having problems. Topics covered included quadratic equations, finding zeros, and simplification of functions. Student grasps the ideas quickly."
"Worked with Student 1 on more sentence structure issues, and helped Student 2 to understand the subject assigned by his teacher. Discussed the historical context and the ways in which one can play devil's advocate to help strengthen an argument. Good session."
"The student and I met from 5-6:30. We reviewed the concepts from chapter 11-15 to prepare for her unit exam. We reviewed the concepts of thermodynamics, gases, wavelength, frequency, Planck's constant, electron configurations, and valence electrons."
"Started working on polynomials, how to simplify them by combining like terms, what the different parts of a polynomial is (degree, coefficient and constant), and how to add and subtract polynomials; also how to classify them as monomial, binomial, or trinomial."
"We set up a schedule up until her test on July 14. We set dates for when she is going to take each practice test. She found that helpful because it allowed her to see the big picture of when everything would fall into place. We also discussed organic chemistry topics, specifically strong nucleophiles, strong leaving groups, substitution reactions, elimination reactions, mechanisms of nucleophilic attack on alkyl halides, and substitution and elimination as competing reactions. The student was able to understand the material well. It seemed to me like she just needs a review because it has been a while since she has taken organic chemistry. I guided her through some practice questions, and we discussed the answer and why it was the right answer. I told her to review the notes we covered today and do more practice problems from her text book before our next session on Tuesday 10:00AM at the library."
"This was a grind-it-out session. I had the student work on Reading the entire time. She persevered, and we talked about the importance of topic sentences in guiding her through confusing passages - and how if she ignored all but the sequence of topic sentences she would still have a decent idea of what was going on. Two other strategies we discussed were: 1) not worrying too much about a confusing sentence/phrase, and instead trying to discern meaning using contextual cues, i.e. the surrounding sentences that do make sense; 2) skimming just the questions that have Line Numbers in them, and marking those lines of the passage for special attention. For practice, I would simply recommend setting a timer for, say, 13 minutes, and doing a passage as well as possible in that time but being sure to drop the pencil as the timer sounds."
"The student and I worked on her math homework. She was assigned two sides of a subtraction worksheet. We were able to make it through one side of the worksheet, once I showed her how to do the problems using tic marks as visual aids. From now on my plan is to spend the first part of each session practicing addition and number comparisons and then spend the second half working on homework."
"As requested, I looked at the student's recent grades. We discussed some ways for him to keep track of school assignments. I suggested that he start using an online calendar or the calendar in his phone to keep track of due dates, with regular reminders. We also worked on topographic maps and interpretation of such maps. Finally, we looked at the practice test that he completed and worked on vocabulary words."
"We worked on ACT reading today; the student has trouble finishing the passages in a timely manner. We went over some strategies for helping him to read the passages faster. I've also advised him to read more variety-- like TIME magazine in addition to his school stuff-- and to redo the questions he missed on the last practice. We are going to have to work hard, but I'm confident his reading grade can improve!"
"What a great session! Today I introduced multiplication to the student. We started by figuring out all the ways to organize 24 counters into a rectangle or square shape. He was able to find all of them: 6 x 4, 12 x 2, 3 x 8, 1 x 24. He really enjoyed this and we also found the factors for 16, 12, and 18. Before we did math, we read more of the book, Hurricanes and Tornadoes."
"The student worked on her multiplication facts. She passed a test containing 40 problems in 4 minutes. We are working on fluency and memorizing of facts. She also read a passage on the history of Jack O' Lanterns and answered some questions about it. She did great on answering the questions."
"Today the student and I finished her POW (a kind of critical thinking, outside-of-school exercise that is weekly). Reinforcing what I said last week, she is very quick to pick up English and grammar rules, but math is her hard subject. I think rote memorization is what I'll try first. After that we can begin to try little number sense tricks that I learned in grade school."