Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read book 9 in a series and she did well. She's challenged a bit with the "a" vs. "u" sound but all that is required is some practice. I then co-read with her the 2 books, went through a new set of sight words with flashcards, and finished up with writing activities."
"The student worked on initial diagraphs and ending diagraphs today (ch, sh, th, wh). She was motivated and seemed to be processing the information. We read a new book which has a great deal of repetitive vocabulary as well as high interest. I encouraged her to practice this week. Her spelling list included mainly long O vowel sounds. This was another focus for our session."
"We went over finding trig ratios given one of them and a constraint on another. This provided the student with some good practice in analyzing the values of the ratios and constructing triangles in the coordinate plane. We then worked on proving identities using reciprocal definitions and Pythagorean trig identities."
"The student and I went over her previous scores and her strengths/challenges. We then worked practice questions from each section of a practice test. We reviewed math concepts as needed and discussed general guessing/substitution/elimination strategies. We also discussed timing for all sections. I gave her a list of the most commonly tested grammar rules which we reviewed and applied to practice questions."
"This week we discussed math-- specifically, the fact that every question will have an easy way and a hard way to solve it, and that sometimes taking the extra couple of seconds to try to determine the easy way will save you more time in the long run. We also walked through some challenging problems. We discussed strategies for answering the fill-in answers. Next week, we're going back to critical reading."
"Our first session began with brief and informal pre-assessments related to addition, subtraction, and multiplication fluency. Observations made during the assessments were used to instruct her on an addition strategy, count on, to assist her with finding the sum of a given addition fact. We also discussed the concepts of place value, doubles, 0 + n =n, and the relationship between multiplication and addition. I then assisted her in applying the instruction and concepts to a school assignment that included addition with multi-digit numbers, multiplication, and number stories. I also introduced her to the KWL graphic organizer to help her solve number stories."
"During this session past kinematics, force, impulse, and momentum concepts were reviewed by going over past exams. The student had no issues in understanding the previously taught concepts though she just needed guidance in solving the problems in a step-by-step and methodical format."
"Good lesson. We did math review for about an hour then worked on the English section. In math, the student seems to struggle most with ratio/ proportion-type problems and co-ordinate plane problems. English section went well - he has a good handle on the basic concepts of English grammar."
"Today we went outside for a review game, To play, I wrote a word or number on a whiteboard, and they would have to translate it into Spanish. If they got it right, they got to try and score a goal, and if they made it, they got a point. After that we sang some Spanish songs and called it a day."
"The student has a test soon so we continued to work on differential equations. We worked though problems using integration to find a general solution and using initial conditions to get a particular solution. We walked through how to solve the different types of growth and decay problems she could face. The student is well prepared for her test."
"The student and I started the session by going over the remainder of his schedule. Our main focus these next few weeks will be Marketing and Western Civilization. He still has three assignments due in his Marketing class, so we will be putting a lot of effort into those while preparing for his final exam. For Western Civilization, he has the option of answering discussion questions and turning them in on seminar days to boost his participation grade. Moving forward, we will be using Wednesday nights to focus solely on answering those questions so he can get the best grade possible in that class. Tonight, we finished up his English essay due tomorrow. The essay was a very difficult one to write, so I helped him format his ideas within the essay's structure. He only has one assignment left in English the rest of the semester, so that will allow us to focus on the classes he needs to improve his grades in."
"Today we reviewed the determinant, its implications, and how row reduction relates to it. We also went over a few problems related to these. The student should be prepared for the determinant portion of his next exam."