Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed sight words and added 6 more. Played hide and seek game, then used the sight words to make sentences. The student did a great job recognizing words out of context. Also worked on hand strengthening exercises and then worked on handwriting on white board. He completed a 30 piece puzzle with little help changing orientation of pieces. Played rush hour game to work on logical thinking skills."
"The student and I continued working through his practice tests, focusing on the questions that he didn't understand when he worked through it himself. It was tougher material, which made the work slower. We should be able to finish them all soon, though."
"At the end of last session, The student's mother provided me with a reading comprehension workbook she had struggled with. We spent today going over it and identifying areas in comprehension and grammar she was struggling with. She does a great job of writing in complete sentences and providing examples from the story; we focused mainly on understanding what the questions were asking, and on basic grammar such as possessive, contractions, and homophones."
"Final session. Read three prepared essays that showed the student has understood and is able to apply all our work on conclusions. Wrote one perfect essay, one very good essay. She should do amazingly on her SAT."
"The student and I worked on test corrections for her most recent test and a worksheet on acids and bases. Continued review of conjugate acid/base pairs, buffer solutions, polyprotic acids, and conversions between pOH/pH and [H+][OH-] will be helpful."
"The student and I went over his past statistics quizzes and tests and worked to prepare him for his test Thursday. We covered probability trees, conditional probability, the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, mean, mode, median, and several other topics. "
"We started with the student taking Section 3 (Reading) of SAT Test 5; it was timed. He started Section 4 (Math), and was able to complete majority of the questions. He next completed Section 6 (Writing), and even attempted Section 7 (Reading). I then graded the sections: Section 3, -8/24; Section 4, -4/12; Section 6, -8/35; and Section 7, -1/8. For homework, he's got vocab after he brings home the workbook; and going back to complete any unfinished sections from SAT Test 5."
"We went over the SAT practice questions that I have assigned for the first 30 minutes. Then we did 1 SAT math section, and went over his answers and what he did right and wrong. Then we did a critical reading section, and went over some vocabulary words that he didn't know. We then did a practice road-mapping for a SAT prompt to prepare him for the essay portion. We finished the session by going over how he would handle the actual test day scenario and dealing with timing of each section. Overall, he did very well."
"We went through some timed English and Math practice tests, focusing on grammar and trig identities. Time management will be something we focus on, as well as a review of math concepts. Homework assigned is Practice Test 5 - English, Reading, and Math sections."
"The student's chapter assignment was on solving radical equations. Once we reviewed how to isolate variables, these problems became incredibly simple. Some special-case problems were elusive, but I think he is progressing well with solving these types of equations. He showed more independence than normal in solving the problems halfway through our session. I think his grasp of these concepts is better than in other topics. His assignment is to finish his chapter 6.7 homework by Tuesday."
"Average Value and Average Rate of Change using Definite Integrals. U-substitution for finding the anti-derivatives of certain functions. These are very tough concepts that require pattern recognition in addition to following mathematical laws of differentiation and integration, and the student made great progress during the session, to the point where he could solve the tougher problems without guidance."
"Today we completed the English sample sections and an English practice test. The student is very confident and capable on the English, and he only missed two questions on the practice test. We spent the rest of our time on a math practice test. He worked quickly. I covered the material related to those questions."