Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the work from his math class today and his homework. In class, they were reviewing the quadratic formula and how to graph equations. For homework, the student had a set of word problems using these skills which we mostly completed during the session."
" The student really surprised me today. I brought over some high interest books form the library, today, and he took to one of the books. We read some of this book aloud, and will definitely be working with it again, soon. I read a story to The student and asked him to "map" it for homework. He was very good at remembering the plot which had a clever twist at the end."
"Today we covered implicit differentiation, the chain rule, and some of the other aspects of chapter eleven in the student's textbook. The student made some progress in his understanding of the material, but he stills needs to practice putting the rules and concepts into action in each particular problem."
"Today we spent the first hour working on an SAT Essay. It was the student's first time writing on her own without my assistance with planning and she did a nice job. She believes she spent too much time planning because she only got three paragraphs without a conclusion. Next time we're going to have to work on her ability to monitor her progress more carefully. The second hour we spent developing the first college acceptance essay that the student has to write this fall."
"Our session today was similar in structure to yesterday's session although far more productive. Starting where we left off on Tuesday, we continued reviewing all the content for the upcoming final by having the student verbally answer questions from his old tests. Again, where it was clear that there was a gap in his knowledge, we would set the test aside, and I would try to teach the necessary information as efficiently as possible. Doing this, we were able to cover the remainder of chapters 1 and 2 as well as chapter 3, chapter 4, and chapter 6. He seemed strong on chapter 4, and although he had a few stumbles, his good understanding of photosynthesis shined through in our review of chapter 6. The student could use a bit more work on understanding the basic macromolecules of biology as well as certain basic underlying concepts of chemistry. Overall, this was a very good session."
"Today we talked about French sounds and went over the alphabet. We also covered numbers one to twenty and some useful expressions and vocabulary such as "hello," "goodbye," "how are you," etc. We also went over some useful cultural knowledge and touched on issues of politeness, formality v. Informality in speech, and grammatical gender."
"Tonight was my last night working with the student. We modeled problems very similar to ones that were on the practice test, using props like: M&M's, sour straws, and Starbursts. Having the activities be more 'hands-on' seemed to help him make the connections."
"Tonight's lesson focused on conjunctions, which require the subjunctive in preparation of a quiz on Friday and a review of irregular verbs. We still have no idea what will be on the student's final but we know that we have to work on verb conjugations of irregular verbs. As language acquisition is a cumulative process, he needs to be ready for anything that his teacher decides to include on the final."
"Since the student has gotten to a point where she no longer seems to have any hesitation in conjugating "to have" and "to be," we switched to a new pair of verbs this session ("to go" and "to do"). We then went through asking and answering some conversation questions, which had to be translated into French. Though it was difficult, she did manage to get through all of them successfully. She hadn't made any errors at all in the homework this time, so we looked at that only briefly before moving on to finish reviewing question formation. We then started on complex negation, some of which was new to her, but all of which she picked up on quickly. Finally, we ended the session with further pronunciation practice using the rest of the Chapter 2 vocabulary."
"During this session, we reviewed verbs and covered new material. We learned how to conjugate other verbs in the present perfect by using auxiliary verbs. The new material was on "Le passe simple". We conjugated the auxiliary verbs and examples of the 3 groups of verbs in the past tense. Then, we did some reading and answered questions based on these readings."
"Yesterday was my first French tutoring session with the student. I started by asking some questions to determine where she is struggling most: grammar, practice speaking and listening. We learned together the material that she has for her class. Her pronunciation is good. At the end of the session, I told her to answer questions regarding reflexive verbs and memorize their meanings. The overall session was productive and I saw a significant improvement."
"The student and I worked through a review quiz online before moving on to the sentiments section. We worked on expressing like and dislike in French. We also practiced the passe compose, and reviewed article placement."