Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over Evolution and creating a Hypothesis based on inquiry. We created a hypothesis based on simple observations of Sucrose and Glucose diffusion. We also wrote a free response essay on our stance for evolution. The paper was more of a persuasive essay type, with Biochemical Genetics, Embryology, Anatomy, Origin of Species, and fossil record. The student is coming along quite nicely, and informed me that she increased her grade, just off of the one assignment that we worked on last week. I look forward to working with her more, as she is very bright. "
"The student and I reviewed her English practice test portion. She scored a 28 on this test, improving 1 point since her last test. We reviewed the errors she made and discussed a few grammar points, including use of commas and "no change" questions. We also reviewed more math concepts to prepare her for an upcoming math practice test."
"Today the student and I reviewed the rules for adding/subtracting integers, and discussed multiplying and dividing integers. Then I introduced the associative and commutative property. I used examples with variables and numbers. Then we delved into a huge review of fractions. I talked about the three types of fractions: improper fractions, mixed numbers and proper fractions. I talked about how to covert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Then we played a game involving adding improper fractions and mixed numbers. We reviewed adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. I think the student feels very confident with fractions now and I feel comfortable beginning algebraic expressions when we tutor again next Monday. I gave the student a few worksheets to do for homework."
"Apparently the student was out of town when his class went over implicit differentiation and the chain rule so when he got back and they had a test over related rates he had no idea how to proceed. We covered all of the topics in our session and he now has a good grasp on both implicit differentiation and the chain rule. We did some work on related rates and how to solve those problems but he might need more work on figuring out the geometry of each problem. He's really quick at mental math and has a good understanding of what a derivative actually is so there shouldn't actually be much I have to do in the future."
"The student and I reviewed for the English and Math sections of the ACT. I gave him notes about the different grammatical and mechanical rules that he will need to know for the test. For homework, the student is completing practice sections of Math and English."
"Went over goals and homework expectations with the student for the coming month. Worked through a homework set with her which included addition facts practice, multiple operations, and general 5th grade concepts. The student and I discussed strategies for improving her speed and went over the few that she missed."
"Last session with the student, as the test is on Saturday. He feels like he is ready, and I think so, too. He has definitely gotten better at the English sections, and I am confident that he is going to do fine. He regularly performs better when there is actually something at stake, which will be to his advantage on Saturday!"
"The student and I worked through two sections of the practice test in her prep book and discussed strategies for increasing speed on each question. Her content knowledge is very strong. There are a few topics on which she could use additional practice and I assigned homework accordingly. Primarily her needs are in strategy and time management. "
"In this session, the student and I began our discussion of muscles. We focused mainly on skeletal muscle, and we talked in detail about its structure. In addition, we talked through the steps in the contraction process and how the anatomical features played a part in the muscle's contraction."
"The student and I went over his most recent quiz. We went through the problems he got points taken off for, and discussed what the errors were and how to correctly solve the problems."
"The student and I worked on her writing, social studies and science homework. The student and I spent a good deal of time on her science project (Jupiter presentation). When the student was working on her social studies page, she was able to correctly identify longitude and latitude positions without any help. She also completed her writing homework."
"This session we went over the order of operations. The student was a bit confused about how to perform these problems at first, but then began to understand the longer we worked together. We also reviewed adding and subtracting negative numbers, which she did pretty well on, missing just 2/12. I asked her to complete some online practice exercises covering both of these topics."