Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was very smart and eager to learn. He told me that he felt fine after taking the ACT, but did not receive the grades he was expecting. We went through different types of math and science problems to see which kinds he was most and least comfortable with. I think reviewing material he is not as familiar with and getting comfortable working through the more difficult problems will help him."
"The student and I went over a lot of verb conjugations --- including stem changing verbs in the present, commonly used verbs that she had been struggling with, stem changing verbs in the preterite, and irregular conjugations in the present. We discussed a need to strengthen the basics for her to help her do better with understanding test questions and the idea that Spanish is very cumulative and builds upon itself, meaning that she needs to be sure she has the basics down. She did a much better job conjugating today and I encouraged her to keep reviewing. We made a document with present/preterite verb conjugations of the most frequently used verbs and will be adding to it in our next sessions. The student will also be able to use this as a study tool for her final exam coming up. I encouraged her to keep practicing her vocab for our next session and upcoming final exam."
"The student and I finished her subtraction homework - numbers up to ten. She needed to use visuals to help her understand the concept of subtraction. We also re-did a worksheet she'd done in school, mistakenly adding instead of subtracting. We also worked on reading/spelling homework - the "th" and "sh" sounds. After homework was finished we worked on her sight words and read several sight word books."
"Further preparations were made into preparing for the critical reading and writing sections of the student's December 3rd SAT. Vocabulary from the previous session was reviewed, discussed, and tested. Three sections from a new SAT (two reading and one writing) were tackled, with problem areas honed in upon and new words (and synonyms for those words) discussed. The session concluded with the student attempting to explain how she would approach a given SAT topic, and a follow-up brainstorm session on good, relevant topics to discuss for the SAT essay."
"The student and I did vocab drills for an hour, testing him on high frequency SAT words. He is comfortable with our regimen and is proactive about using words in unique sentences. We also did critical reading review for an hour to maximize his score (previously he was in the 14th percentile). We outlined strategies and were successful at him getting 70% of practice questions right with minimal coaching."
"Today with the student we discussed preparation for the SAT Literature Subject Test, which he is taking in a week. We went over the structure of the test, the types of passages he is likely to see, the timing, etc. Then we focused on reviewing the literary terms that he will need to know for the test, and then did half of a practice exam very slowly and together, talking about the answers."
"We worked on Math for the session. She is showing some improvement in Math. Her second SAT scores are out tomorrow so that should give me a better idea of where she stands."
"He wanted to do more SAT prep today, so we worked through a writing section, where he is greatly improved, and then continued to sentence completion exercises to help build up his vocabulary. At this point, besides vocabulary, there's not a lot a tutor will do for him for test prep. It's all going to be him practicing."
"We covered some math and a little bit of writing today. I assigned my student a few math problems having to do with adding and subtracting fractions involving mixed numbers as well as complex fractions. We also went over a couple pre-algebra problems involving how to set up mathematical expressions. Finally, I looked over the student's practice test book and went over with him the basic structure to writing an essay. Overall, I felt he did progress quite nicely, as he was able to answer most of the math questions, and for the questions he did not know, we worked through them together and he even asked me to help him further on a complex division problem. My plan for next week is to help him more with his essay writing and handwriting skills."
"Reviewed problems on her most recent test including; converting wavelength to frequency, frequency to wavelength, energy of a photon, energy of a bunch of photons, molecular geometry, and ionic trends on the periodic table."
"The student and I had a great review session in preparation for his chapter 6 exam. I brought review material for slope, slope-intercept, standard form, and graphing inequalities. We also did practice word problems (as these tend to be most difficult). I reminded him to take his time and to really think about what a question is asking for before attempting to answer. Hopefully he does well on the exam!"
"The student did great on the math section--she got all the ones she attempted right and only skipped one. She needs a bit more help on the grammar."