Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the science and reading sections today. He seems to have an above average ability to answer the questions; however, time seems to be an issue. We went over possible strategies, including skipping questions if it takes him over 1 min to answer. In addition, for the science section, he should consider focusing more upon the questions rather than reading."
"The student and I went over the homework I assigned him before our break. Some parts were good, some parts he did not go back over. In particular, he was not careful about noun-adjective agreement. He said he first focused on getting the word down, and he didn't worry about the case/gender/number. He then did not go back over them, however, which left everything in disagreement. We talked about that, and hopefully he will become more mindful."
"The student finished another practice exam by this session, but it wasn't in time to get it scored, so we just went over the questions she missed in each section. From what I noticed, her verbal score seemed to improve while the other 2 stayed almost the same with a possible dip. I stressed the importance of trying to simulate the actual exam with picking a location and time that would work well with no distractions."
"The student and I reviewed the first chapters of biology and geometry. In biology we discussed the qualities that make up the living, how life is classified, and important theories in biology such as homeostasis and natural selection. In geometry we covered some basic postulates about lines and complementary & supplementary angles. He did some word problems out of the book and did sometimes read the problem incorrectly but usually caught himself."
"I had the student read a few short stories and then read out of a book. I asked him some comprehension questions as well as his opinion on the things he read. I think it was a very effective session."
"Met with the student and covered properties of exponents, focusing a lot on simplifying and making sure he understood the concept of negative exponents. Spent a small amount of time on adding and subtracting polynomials as he seemed to have that down pretty well. Left him with some practice sheets that I had created as a form of homework. Hour for the meeting, 15 minutes for worksheet creation."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed for his upcoming test. We talked about how the financial statements affect each other, as well as some asset calculation problems."
"We went over the English he had for homework, and spent some time going over topics he was unsure on. He's making good progress. He's pretty solid on most of the concepts. He's doing a math section for homework to bring to light any other topics that need work."
"We covered some writing topics this week, including both types of sentence error questions. She seems to be nailing those fine. We did have some trouble with reading comprehension, which she sometimes struggles with. If she can't understand it right away, she seems to be defeated by it. I think it will get better with practice, which is why I assigned lots of reading practice for next week."
"We focused on a writing analysis project. On Saturday, we talked about approaching the project and what we want the end product to be. The student then drafted both short essays and we reviewed them in depth today. We used visual charting to plan out logical steps to take in analytical writing which the student seemed to find very helpful (he had never used this technique before). I can already see steps in the right direction in his writing skills!"
"The student and I had another good session this time. We began with some discussion on math. We're going to go slowly through the sections of the math textbook, so she really gets a good grasp on the concepts. Most of the session was focused on her English book. We finished up our discussion from the session before on the trial scene. We talked a lot about the differences (and some similarities) about how people treated others back in the 1930s to today."
"The student had a spelling test tomorrow, so we went over her spelling words. We discussed the sounds letters make and how to sound out words we don't know. Then we went over a packet of work the students teacher sent home that he had done poorly on. We talked about place value and grouping numbers into tens and ones. This was a difficult concept for the student and it took a while. Finally we spent time reading a 1st grade level Pinkalicious book to me. She needs to work on her high frequency words and building her confidence when reading."