Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we set up the student's academic calendar with notifications to remind him of upcoming test times and the due dates for his papers. We went over the posts the student had written and discussed their merits and areas of potential improvement. He reported some success with using a designated study place and listening to music sans lyrics. After looking at the discussion board posts we read parts of his book, and discussed his interpretations. He recognized the need for writing more discussion board posts and responses before next weeks deadline. He is also aware that he has a paper that is due next Sunday and he needs to read the appropriate material and start the paper before we meet again."
"Today, we worked on the limit derivative definition and differential graphs. We worked on a few problems with limits. The student needs to work a little more on keeping the algebra straight. One thing I suggested was to take a bigger sheet of paper and write out the whole problem bigger so it is easier to keep track of everything. The differential graphs were initially difficult, but once we got the concept on how to do it, he showed proficiency in it."
"We continued working through the workbook, but to save time we only did three or four practice problems for each section. This worked out well because we had already gotten through the sections that she needed the most review on. In this session, we looked at Geometry, Algebra II, and special problems. She is in excellent shape, and I believe she will do quite well on her SAT."
"We worked on adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying functions. The student was very happy today because her current grade is the highest she's had in her math class to date. In addition, her teacher said he was happy with her improved performance lately. For our session on Wednesday, we will work on her classwork from Tuesday's and Wednesday's classes."
"We did another reading test, passage by passage, timed. The prose was very difficult, but she did well on the other passages and still got a 26, which is great. We then reviewed science, which went well, so we switched to English. For some reason, this caused some trouble, but it did allow us to discuss some good concepts (e.g. then/than) and review other concepts."
"We worked with multiplication flashcards first. She is getting much better with these. Then, we practiced using her new protractor to measure angles and then identified the types of angles. She is learning to slow down and to think through her answers before guessing. She did her best work to date tonight."
"We spent the majority of this session working on the student's Spanish homework. We finished about half of her packet. We then moved on a PowerPoint presentation she had been working on. The first 15 minutes were editing, and we spent the last 10 minutes practicing her presentation. She is a very solid speaker!"
"The student and I spent the whole session working on multiplying polynomials together using FOIL and other methods. His last 2 tests were among the highest in his grade, and he has continued to get straight As in all subjects we work on. We worked on re-reading and decoding the key details of a word problem using formulas and note taking strategies. He was positive, engaged, and picked it up quickly."
"The student and I covered higher order differential equations with constant coefficients and method of undetermined coefficients. He did pretty well with the concepts but could benefit from reviewing his notes to build a stronger understanding. He did well in solving the problems."
"Reviewed a selection of homework and practice questions relating to the use of the Pythagorean theorem, as well as special right triangle relationships and the use of proportions in similar triangles. I brought in a few extra questions from recent exams as study materials to practice on."
"This time the student learned words for body parts, colors and sports. I quizzed him on these words, playing a variety of games, and utilizing objects around his home as visual aids. I think he had fun. I also taught him how to write a few new characters. I was impressed that on his own initiative, he focused on correct stroke order. I asked him to write each character he learned five times each day, paying attention to correct stroke order."
"The student did a great job on his practice test. Scoring the exam he had 28-29 as his score. Reviewed questions that he had questions on, discussed test strategy and went over vocabulary. He's been approved for time and a half on the exam and should do well as long as he remains focused."