Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As we had decided on Monday we worked on Algebra II today to prepare the student for her test tomorrow. We worked on her test review covering polynomial functions, quadratic equations, factorization, simplification, and polynomial inequalities. I gave her a few extra examples to solve to make sure she fully understood everything. I believe she is prepared for her test."
"Today was my first meeting with this student. Since she didn't know what was on the ISEE test, I started with that. We talked about the different sections and the time limit and general strategies. Then we started the verbal reasoning warm ups. She did a good job even though the vocabulary was super difficult. Next, I went over some math problems which were also difficult. We reviewed algebra, scientific notation, ratios, proportions, and geometry. Finally, we did two reading comprehension passages and talked about strategies. We also talked about some essay prompts and I had her read a sample essay. For homework, I assigned two sections of the practice test so that I can better assess her strengths and weaknesses. "
"The student and I went over his proficiency in Spanish and his goals and reasons for learning the language. He is highly proficient and seeks to further develop his conversational skills and fortify his vocabulary. For the first session, we conversed in Spanish about several topics. The conversation was fluid with few stops to clarify words or meanings. I plan to introduce relevant Spanish vocabulary which is more advanced and which he may encounter during his use of the language in business and otherwise."
"I discussed with the student a current American History project he was working on. I helped guide him in how he could find information on the Internet and utilize it for the project."
"The student and I spent our session on two activities. First, I helped the student to complete his review sheet. Not only was this valuable to him in so far as it helped to start filling gaps in his knowledge, but it also alerted me to areas that warranted further review. Over the course of completing the review sheet, I identified that the student needed extra help differentiating between haploid and diploid cells, understanding the mechanics of cell division, and understanding oogenesis, spermatogenesis, and fertilization in humans. The second part of our session was spent addressing these areas of particular weakness to the maximum extent possible in a single session. Overall, this review was efficient and effective."
"This was my first session with the student. He is clearly very intelligent. We spent our first session refreshing on this material and working some practice problems. We discussed triangles, internal angles, trig, properties of exponents, Cartesian coordinates, percentages, and some algebra. Next time I want to discuss factoring, sequences, statistics, and some additional algebra. We will also begin working more test problems."
"We started by coming up with a basic study plan/goal for our sessions. We then went through a practice exam that the student had taken. We spent most of the time working on the physical science section and covered different strategies including how to MAP a passage and attack questions. We then spent the last 30 minutes working through verbal reasoning passages/questions and covering those strategies."
"The student and I continued looking at inequalities and she is doing great with them. We also started chemistry again and discussed pH, acids, and bases. I just went over the basics. It will take some time to get her to understand it completely. The student and I continued looking at quadrilaterals, including kites and trapezoids. She missed class today, so I started just going over the basic theorems for both shapes and she picked it up pretty quickly."
"We reviewed surface area. We discussed basic vocabulary essential to discussions of polygons and polyhedra, and used these topics to outline how to calculate surface area and volume. We briefly discussed cross multiplication in the context of proportions"
"Today we worked on the student's multiple regression assignment, which was from her text book. We used Excel to run a regression model that included SAT, H.S. GPA, and Activities to predict college GPA. We covered interpreting the ANOVA table, the correlation coefficients. coefficient of determination, and the t values to look at the overall model significance and individual contributions from each variable. The student was able to better understand interpreting output and creating the regression equation."
"I met with the student Sunday morning to review her chapter 8 material. We went over components of vectors, finding the magnitude and angles of vectors, and reviewed the dot product. We will meet again Wednesday evening before her test."
"Today I helped the student with his Spanish homework as well as his book report as a part of his summer reading project. His Spanish homework comprised of 16 lines of dialogue where he had to provide Spanish translations of conversation in English. After completing this assignment, we worked on his summary of John Grisham's "Kid Lawyer" book from the "Theodore Boone" series. The student had to provide a short biography from the author's webpage as well as a brief summary of the book which he will both submit online as well as paste into a folder to bring to class. The student completed about 75% of the project but still has to find 2 quotes from the book and finish formatting his work before submitting the project. We will be working on that during tomorrow's session."