Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session with the student focused on preparing him for his upcoming test on "Romeo and Juliet"; we concentrated on a structured approach to the reading focusing on the speaking style of specific characters as well as quizzing over vocabulary."
"First, we reviewed his spelling words by taking a quick pretest. The student checked his answers and marked which ones he missed, then I had him do a couple spelling "games" to practice. I wrote the words he had missed on small pieces of construction paper, one correct and one incorrect version of each, and he turned over cards until he found a "match", then had to tell me which version was correct of that word (the student invented this game and is great at it). I also wrote out his spelling words with some letters missing, and had him practice by filling in the blanks. Next we moved on to reading. The student read through his book for the week and completed the remainder of the activities on his weekly reading worksheet. His reading was really strong, and with some prompting, his handwriting is very nice too. He also did a great job coming up with ways to re-explain the story in some of the exercises, showing continued strong reading comprehension. "
"The student made a 98 on the SS project we were working on! We concentrated on her Science study guide/ vocab words in preparation for her 6 week test. We also worked on GCF and speeding up her multiplication facts to help her improve on her timed quizzes."
"-Logic problems -Order of Operations review -Recognizing number patterns -Adding/Subtracting/Multiplying Decimals -Punctuation Review Logic problems clicked right away for the student. She is making great progress with decimals and fractions but struggles in the process of solving problems. I suggested that if she started learning multiplication tables by heart, it would be a big help. Overall, she is getting more comfortable with the test format and is looking forward to taking a practice test."
"The student and I spent the first hour on English. We discussed some of the sentence errors he's likely to see on the test including parallelism, point of view, and subject verb agreement errors. We started on a parallelism worksheet, a coherence worksheet, and a unity worksheet, the remains of which I assigned him for HW. We also discussed a passage. During the second hour, he did 10 problems from a math section, and we discussed the 3 he missed. We also discussed some of the others."
"Today the student and I worked on her homework, which was a review of the factor concept and determining factors. In addition, we looked at dividing arrays, and reviewed creating algebraic expressions to identify arrays."
"We covered stability and reaction speed of primary, secondary, and tertiary carbons as well as going over some basic reaction mechanisms for nucleophilic substitution and free radical reactions. We also discussed ring inversion of cyclic alkanes. The student studied a great deal before the session, and had specific questions to go through, which helped to focus the work on areas that she needed better understanding in. I believe that she is now better prepared for her test on Monday."
"First, the student completed a crossword puzzle to assess his memory of the past weeks' sessions. Then, we added a new word to the list. Next, we went through his sight word flashcards and did repeated readings of a passage from a book. We recorded his oral reading and compared the first try to the second to judge phrasing. At the end, the student read aloud for 15 minutes."
"The student and I worked on a variety of math problems in her exam math workbook. Many of them were probability-based. We discussed independence of events, union and intersection of sets, combination versus permutation, factorials, and more. We also went over test-taking strategies for the computer adaptive assessment. We decided she should make sure to answer every question, even if that means guessing at the end, and she should be extra careful about answering the first few questions correctly. "
"We reviewed the student's difficult homework. The first problem involved finding the coordinates of the point where the perpendicular foot of one angle meets the opposite edge and we spent about 30 minutes on this one alone. He originally proposed a simple way to find the point, but I showed him that there was much more work involved to find the correct answer."
"We briefly went over life tables. I get very slightly different answers from the instructors - differing by about 0.002, or 0.2% - but the student tells me this is a permissible deviation in this course, historically. I had read ahead in the text to include the materials about specificity and sensitivity in testing. We pretty rapidly reviewed those blocks of homework, agreeing on the construction of the tables and the resulting answers."
"Today, the students were supervised and assisted with various mathematical problems that were on their assigned worksheets. Students attempted all problems and satisfactorily completed at least 80% of the paper."