Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I resumed studying for another test to be taken next week over the next four chapters. Since we had previously covered two chapters, we went over the other two this session. We discovered another batch of chapter summaries posted online which look like a promising route for study. I have encouraged him to read these before he is quizzed on each chapter, as we are still seeking a way to improve his daily grades."
"The student thinks he got 100% on his last test! Great Job! Today we began working on the review packet for his final exam. We reviewed solving systems of equations using elimination and matching graphs to equations."
"Once again, the student's homework centered on the letter "P". He knew how to write the letter and completed the work quickly. Next, we spent a large amount of time on his spelling words. This week's words are "I" and "am". He was quick to discover how to spell these words and very capable of writing the letters. Since the spelling words are meant to begin teaching students words, we reviewed his previous spelling words as well. We then focused on recognizing these words. We read "The Little Engine that Could" while he answered various recognition and spelling questions. He then practiced 2, 3, and 4 on the educational computer. To end the session, he completed a Christmas cutting activity. Overall, he did good work today."
"We went over "por" and "para," direct and indirect object pronouns, irregular future tense verbs, and vocabulary to get ready for the end of unit test. She worked hard on direct and indirect object pronouns, and by the time she worked through some fill-in-the-blank questions, she did very well. We also talked through "por" and "para" extensively."
"We continued reviewing English test questions that he got wrong last session. We focused on test questions that dealt with punctuation and sentence structure, since that is where he struggles the most."
"The student's first topic for Math this year is Algebra. We worked through a Math problem set where we translated algebraic equations into word phrases and vice versa. He's still just wrapping his head around the concept of using variables to represent unknowns, but this will be an important concept for just about every type of Math going forward, so I will work hard to make sure he really gets it. We spent our remaining time going over a Language Arts worksheet that defined literary terms like metaphor and simile."
"Today we continued reviewing the arithmetic section. The student's weakest areas are division (mostly due to errors), and percentage. Her math skills in all other areas of arithmetic are strong (including multiplication, exponentiation, square roots, and probability). At the end of the session she completed the drills and successfully managed her time, and made good decisions about which problems to leave blank. She also wrote an essay for homework, and successfully incorporated all the elements from the map. The remaining sections of math are algebra, geometry, and word problems. She feels confident about algebra, and she is currently taking geometry; so we will skip these sections for now. Next week we will move on to the reading section. After that, we will work on word problems."
"We worked more problems related to the Standard Normal Distribution and Z-score. He understood more this time than last week and I encouraged him to work additional practice problems to help to fully grasp the concepts. He's going to work more problems before we meet on Wednesday and we will review any questions he had and also try to go onto Confidence Intervals, etc."
"The student had a chemistry lab that she wanted to work on. We analyzed the data that she collected, and we discussed her answers to the analysis questions. She also made a graph of the data. Afterwards, we worked on math. She has a number of worksheets on exponents/rationals. We first reviewed the key rules of exponents, and then she proceeded to do the worksheets. I answered any questions that she had."
"We worked through the math problems the student struggled with on the ACT test, and focused on turning the hard problems into algebraic equations - can you make the unknown number into a variable? How will that help you? We also did several problems for school, which included turning words into algebraic equations. She is doing really splendidly with concepts and figuring out how to work through a word problem to find an answer. Where she has to improve is in applying the same structure over and over and remembering to use the right symbols or operations. I think this is a matter of having to use a system imposed on her by an outside source - like the teacher imposing an Algebraic equation."
"Reviewed diagnostic math, reviewing problems he got wrong and ones he guessed on. He has a great grasp of the math concepts. Gave him homework involving word problems, and data sufficiency questions. Next week we'll look at verbal."
"I gave the student a brief overview of what to expect on the SAT. She did extremely well on the writing (grammar) section, answering 14 of 15 of the hardest questions correctly. She got all of the easy- and medium-level math questions correct. I focused on simplifying the harder problems into a few steps and applied several learning methods (visual, abstract, verbal), which seemed to help. She will need to improve her vocabulary to maximize her reading score. Overall, the student is performing at a higher level than she gives herself credit for, so I told her to believe in herself. I believe her target score of 2000 is within reach, considering her PSAT score as a sophomore was about 1600."